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Carriers cracking down on robocalls 01:49 Three New Jersey brothers will pay $1.6 million khổng lồ settle charges of instigating more than 45 million illegal robocalls nationwide, including lớn tens of millions of Americans on the Federal Trade Commission"s Do Not điện thoại tư vấn Registry, the agencyannounced on Friday.

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The siblings also agreed khổng lồ a permanent ban on telesale and will hvà over a residential property lớn resolve the agency"s allegations, made in a complaint filed by Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC.

According lớn the FTC"s suit, Joseph, Sean and Raymond Carney initiated more than 45 million illegal telesale calls to lớn people across the U.S. between January 2018 and March 2019 to lớn pitch a line of septic tank cleaning products. Most of the calls, or 31 million, were placed to numbers on the FTC"s registry of people who don"t want to receive kinh doanh calls.

Telemarketers working on behalf of the brothers falsely told consumers they were calling from an environmental company khổng lồ offer free information on their septic tank cleaning products, the complaint charges.

Instead, people staying on the Hotline allegedly got a sales pitch. People who bought the products và had outstanding balances were falsely told they would be referred to lớn an attorney or collection agency, according khổng lồ the government.

"The defendants continued to điện thoại tư vấn consumers despite the consumers having told the defendants lớn stop calling and to place the consumers" telephone number on the defendants" internal vày not điện thoại tư vấn menu," the complaint states.

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Joseph & Sean Carney, two officers of Environmental Safety International , or ESI, are prohibited from billing or trying to lớn collect payments from anyone in connection with the business, which must be dissolved within 30 days, the settlement stipulates.

Efforts to tương tác ESI were unsuccessful, with a company phone number disconnected.

The Federal Communications Commission last month started requiringwireless companies to lớn adopt authentication giải pháp công nghệ to bloông xã robocalls.Americans got roughly 4 billion spam calls in May alone, according to lớn the makers of hotline blocking app YouMail.

"We want to lớn stop robocalls và make it easier for consumers lớn safely answer the phone, Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel recently told CBS News Consumer Investigative Correspondent Anna Werner. Rosenworcelcalled the new regulation "crucial" in stopping scammers.

First published on July 16, 2021 / 2:48 PM

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