Lights out on robocall shop that pitched energy savings

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It should be clear by now: if you make illegal robocalls to people on the Do Not Call list, you’re headed for trouble. Trouble — in the form of a Federal lawsuit — just found an operation that the FTC says bombarded people with more than 1.3 million robocalls pitching energy savings. On behalf of the FTC, the Department of Justice asked the court to permanently stop Francisco Salvat and three of his companies, including Go Green Education, from making illegal robocalls and order him to pay civil penalties for telemarketing violations.

According to the lawsuit, Salvat and his companies called people whose numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry, and kept calling after people asked them to stop. Although the companies’ messages said things like “This is an urgent call about your energy bill,” people who pushed a number to get more information didn’t get energy help. They were transferred to Salvat’s telemarketers, who collected their names and sold them to solar installation companies as leads.

If you get a recorded sales message and you haven't given the company your written permission to call, the call is illegal. If you get a call like that, don’t press a button to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. Instead, hang up and file a complaint at donotcall.gov. If you get unwanted calls from many different numbers, you could look into a call blocking solution. There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Do an online search to look for reviews from experts and other users, and find out whether there’s a charge for the service.

 

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I'm one of those people who doesn't answer the phone. I let it go to voice mail. I did and I know others who have gotten their seen their own phone number come up on their phone. The first time it scared me and I don't scare easily. Now I'm so used to their practices that I don't answer unless I personally know the person. I still found these videos very informative even though I practice them. I do worry sometimes about online shopping and always ask if they keep a record. Since I only shop where I know they're reputable I feel pretty safe. I know it can happen to me even though I try to practice safe matters. My bank is all set up to notify me if something doesn't look right. They always do and that is a mind reliever. I still want to keep up with what I new and there seems to always be something new coming up. Thanks for the videos and being there for us.

Some of these scams are routed through "MagicJack" and there is no way of contacting any of them because they use so many different numbers. If you have call blocking, you can easily spot the pattern by the area codes because they are usually all the same.

I am so glad I made a complaint to the FTC and am now getting the up to date information from the FTC as things happen. I'm glad I now have them on my side and being educated as to what to watch out for since the last incident created absolute havoc in my life and on my computer and continues to do so since they no longer answer my calls or respond to any of my emails. Believe me, they are mighty fast talkers in India and it's difficult to talk over them because they are no longer listening to what I have to say. I still have not had my money returned to me however.

Cablevision has a blocking function. I have blocked the phone numbers of many of those robocalls.

I got this email-

We have a job survey and we need you in our team. We are hiring secret shoppers. No experience needed. The job requires you to shop and evaluate our employees. You will get paid to eat, shop and keep the products. For more information and sign up form click here Good Day, Kmart Ltd

When clicked link, got Sears Holdings with place for cell phone; got text message that overnight pkg was sent by USPS. Received check for $2445 with instructions to cash at my bank; keep $400, use $2045 to purchase 4 vanillae or Kroger recharge cards at $500. Text them at 503-912-7968 or emailsurveyjobs00

I texted got it and I am taking to attorney general's office. LOL

I received numerous calls from the (?) Federal Govt Dept of Treasury, they said for a one time life grant I didn't have to pay back for $9000(change)and separate $7000(some change) after I had posted for job on Facebook and LinkedIn. One wanted my financial acct to get and I would get for no criminal hx past 6 months,no bankruptcy past 6 months, disabilty, pretty much because I'm still breathing. One knew everything about me including birthdays and address and made a snide remark about marriage. One willing to send paperwork but not seen it yet. The conversation almost the same but one sounded experienced and skilled. Told the one caller ending in 3606 to stop calling. They called 3 more times.

I like it

I get calls from these clowns all the time. My favorite thing to do is answer the call, feign interest in their product, give the answers they want to hear ($300/mo electric bill, credit score over 680, own my house, etc.), then schedule an estimate.

Of course, I schedule that estimate at some address located FAR FAR away from civilization, where I don't actually live.

I figure, if they want to waste my time calling me, I'll waste their time by sending them on a quixotic mission to the middle of nowhere.

And, oh man, it's fun when they call to complain that 'you aren't at home'...

Make it subject to jail time to make the calls or to sell or use the software. The fact that nothing is being about these scammers seriously undermines confidence in government.

if the government has taken down this scam, why have I been getting bombarded with scam calls of the same type. sometimes 5 and more a day to both land line and 2 cell phones?

I FAIL FOR TWO SCAMS $2000. THE FIRST 200 THE SECOND . 1st they sent me a message using my neighbor on facebook. the 2nd my grandson was the caller said he had wreck give me number to call a bondsman he need 1400 or go to jail being a grandma i fail for that he come down to 200 that was all i had thank GOD Western union had stopped my money and sent it back. both times you would have thought i would have lean the first time i am a senior and don't think befor i act sometimes

It's NOT lights out - I am getting MULTIPLE calls a day from these people - it's driving me crazy

They're still at it. I've been getting these calls for quite sometime. I received a call about 2 weeks ago and this time I answered it. After the long-winded message they say that if they "somehow" reached you by mistake and wish to be put on their do not call list push 3. I did but they didn't and called again two weeks later.
This time I got hold of a live operator with the intent of telling them personally to stop calling. Before I could even get a word out the operator asked how much my electric bill was. When I tried to tell her I wanted to be removed from their list she hung up. Interestingly 2 days later a couple of solar panel sales guys showed up at my door. Coincidence?

they have not stopped. i'm getting up to 10 calls a day to my land line plus more to our cell phones, the caller ID shows green energy, green solutions, go green, green programs, each time it is either a 862,908, 201, 609 area code all which are for new jersey,

FTC please find these people and throw away the key for life

I am getting the exact same ones from Go Green. 3 today and it's driving me nuts. Different numbers all the time

Me too!! I keep blocking them, but they must have 10,000 numbers!

They are also touting the bill "recently" passed in congress (although they have been sighting this bill for over the past two years already) "The American Recovery and Re-Investment Act" as the basis for their call. They mention that if your bill is over $145 dollars a month then calling them can help to reduce it. Today's call came from (508)242-2053 at 12:30pm with a caller ID of "THE CLEAN PLANE". It seems likely this "PLANE" was probably meant to be "PLANET", but they ran out of space in their caller ID world.

Have been getting 2-4 calls a week for months on our land line and one a day on my cell. They use 516-217-9662 and 9663. So annoying! just let it go to voice mail and delete, but when will it stop?!

I just got a prerecorded spam call from the same number. I get this same call every day from different numbers.

lol i'm getting that many per day on 2 phones

Yup, I am getting 5 to 10 calls a day from 516-217 exchanges. I have autorejected so many of them that I ran out of space in my autoreject list

For about 2 yrs I've been getting these calls from different phone #s everytime. I wait till I get a voice and they say "we'll put you on the do not call list" and hang up on me. This happens at least twice a day!! What can we do about it? I'm about to have my home phone shut off.

They're still going. I've received 5 calls in 4 days from these jerks.

Lights out on robocall shop that pitched energy savings?
Well they're obviously making more than they're being fined which is why this type of thing will never end. They just called. At work. Unlisted cell number. Registered on DNC.

still happening
calls coming from belmont, ma for me...
I block every call, and still they persist with other numbers 3 so far today

received a few at work today - most recent registered in Belmont, MA

I am also getting these calls, several a day, for about a year, always a different number, earlier from Belmont, recently from Everett. I tried not answering, I tried the menu selecting the "do not call" option, I tried reaching the rep asking nicely to stop, I tried raising my voice, and more recently I told them I don't own a home. Nothing works!

These calls coming every day, several times a day about an hour apart. Nothing stops it, even DNC list or attempts to block. They just change the phone number by one or two digits and keep harassing. Months and months of this from same people, coming from Belmont, ma then Hull, Harwich, Hamilton, Lexington, and now Rehoboth, ma. About 30-40 alternating #'s all from same relentless slugs! This needs to be stopped and stiff sanctions applied!

Yes! "Rehoboth" is driving me crazy. If I didn't answer the first 100 of these calls, what makes them think I'm going to answer any of the next 100??

If the gubmint wanted this to stop, it would stop theses call. The telemarketing lobby is too powerful. It does not look good for the FTC people to revolve into this lobby when they are fighting against them. It will not stop as long as their is money to be made by someone.

I am getting bombarded by calls about "lowering your energy bill," multiple robocalls each day on both my landline and cell, and so is nearly everyone else I know in Massachusetts. The calls are coming from (allegedly) 508-252-8080. Neither Verizon nor the government does anything to stop this nonsense, and I think Verizon could if they really wanted to... but perhaps it is more profitable for Verizon to route the calls.

I am getting these calls several times a day at my home phone number and my cellphone. Declaring "lights out" on these robocalls in 2016 is like the 2003 "mission accomplished" banner declaring victory in Iraq. I can't be the only one harassed by the "GO GREEN" calls.

I am getting the exact same as you. .Several times a day, sometimes minutes apart from different numbers. Bot home and cell. Very annoying.

I have reported these callers several times to the do not call list and still getting the "renewable energy U.S." just got one one minute ago...

Receive calls from "Go Green" daily.

Robocalls from the U.S. Renewable Energy Program have been spamming my cell phone for days. Like previous solar scammers I've reported every which way, these criminals do not stop. And they always leave a voicemail message so I have no ability to ID a phone number and block it. Nor can I file a complaint, lacking a contact number.

Hey, FTC, they are at it again. Guess it didn't stick the first time. They are calling my house multiple times a day. Please stop them!!!!

Sorry FTC, they haven't stopped. I just reported 1 out of the 100 different phone numbers they have contacted me with on 2 different phones which are both on the DNC list.

I still keep my land line for emergencies and found dozens of these messages on my voicemail. I hope the people behind these calls could be accused is harassment

I am getting three to four of these calls everyday and I am on the DNC list. These calls must stop. The calls are using spoofed telephone numbers and several times I received harassing calls from people who said my number called them about these energy savings. It may be time to see this operation permanently shut dowm.

I get at least three of these calls (GO GREEN) a week on my cell phone. I quickly maxed my 50 block calls limit with Sprint and need to delete in order to add. It doesn't matter much because they use different area codes, exchanges and numbers, all valid in my area (Massachusetts) to get around the block. I never answer because I just don't answer calls from people I don't know. My number has always been on the DoNotCall list. I really don't think anything can be done about the calls. The FTC is not able to find and stop these people. It's up to us as individuals to ask people we may have contact with if they are involved with GO GREEN. Each person involved needs to be stopped!

I get 4-5 calls. Day from them through many different numbers. For the past 6 months!!!!! I am on the do not call list, that's a joke!

I received three of these Renewable Energy calls today on my home phone. It's sickening! They come every day and night! There is no way to stop them, and the government is useless. It's disgraceful that these scammers are allowed to get away with this! Now they're using a 646 exchange and changing the other numbers, so you can't block them.

I get the same company calling me about 10 to 20 calls a day from different numbers. I have blocked them so many of the calls go to voicemail. I have started reporting each incident call to the FTC and telling them that I want to press charges for harassment. Here is the website to file complaints. Do it for each day and time they call even if the same number calls 3 or 4 times. Bombard the FTC with complaints and hopefully they can find these harassing fraudsters and stop them.
complaints. donotcall. gov / complaint/ complaintcheck. aspx

They have called me 17 times this past month. I block them every time but they always call from a new number, usually registers as a local NY number, usually registers as "Go Green". Always a recorded message that starts with "this is an urgent announcement about lowering your electric bill". I be reported every call because I'm on the do not call list. I've had it with these people. This is so wrong.

These "people" call me upwards of 15 times a day. Joke on them is I don't live in MA anymore, just still have a cell phone that looks like I do. So tempted to follow the practice of the other person on this comment who sends them to faraway addresses!! The "DO NOT CALL" is a total joke, and so is this stupid lawsuit, which has done nothing to stop these pests.
Annoying as hell. I never answer the calls either, but you can't block them for long because they use too many multiple numbers.

Receiving multiple calls all throughout the day. I'm on the do not call list, and am blocking these numbers with verizon as they come in. Within a few minutes of blocking, another NJ numbers calls and its the same energy savings crap! HELP!

Omg... as I was reading this the phone the phone rang and it was the go green jerks once again. Enough already!

Me too: Multiple calls a week, always from a different number. If anyone finds a way to block, please post it here.

I'm also getting these calls several times a week or even a few a day. Each time it's from a different number either with a MA area code or with a 339 google voice area code. I keep blocking them. Latest was 978-233-1212 and 339-209-2041

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