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Senior citizens targeted by “Life Alert” telemarketing scam

Senior citizens of Maine have been on high alert this past week as Attorney General Janet Mills issued a news release warning of a medical telemarketing scam happening across the state. The Bangor Daily News reportedly broke the story which was later confirmed by the AG’s office. The scenario was happening something like this: People posing as [...]

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Robocall scam targets Arkansans

PrivacyStar posts about robocalls all the time and are especially watchful of those happening in our area. Especially when they’re more than just an annoyance but an actual scam. Today,North Little Rock authorities said many people in Central Arkansas have received automated phone calls from a Florida company claiming the person’s debit card has been deactivated and to [...]

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The Canadian robocall case is now in session

An interesting court case is taking place in Canada right now involving illegal robocalls and disenfranchised voters, with the ultimate goal of overturning the results of a May 2011 Federal Election. The plaintiffs in the case, a retired couple from Mattawa, claim they first received a call from the Conservative Party asking for their support. Linda Hearst candidly replied “I wouldn’t [...]

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Sick of Political Robocalls?

What’s one of the hottest topics of discussion in the news and social media-sphere this 2012 election season? While unemployment rates and healthcare are still trending right along, the issue of political robocalls seems to have consensus across all parties: enough already! Here’s a roundup of this week’s robocall-mania across the U.S… Huckabee robocalls to fundraise for [...]

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Sallie Mae Fined $24.15 Million for Robocalls

Last week a federal judge approved a $24.15 million settlement between Sallie Mae and a group of borrowers who claimed violations of their rights protected by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The group alleged the student-loan company auto-dialed their cellphones without express written consent of the recipient, a clear violation of the act. Is your cell [...]

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FCC Issues New Rules for Telemarketers & Robocalls

On June 11, 2012, the FCC outlined a set of revisions to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that should make telemarketing robocalls less frequent (should being the key word). First, companies must obtain prior written consent for all calls to wireless numbers and landlines. An “established business relationship” is no longer sufficient. I’m left wondering [...]

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