Federal and State Agencies Crack Down on Illegal Telemarketers


The Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a crackdown on telemarketing operations responsible for billions of illegal calls to U.S. consumers, capping approximately a year of enforcement actions. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, and other law enforcement partners, including attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, joined the announcement. The Justice Department has pursued about 90 cases against illegal telemarketing operations and those who facilitate those illegal calls in an initiative called “Operation Stop Scam Calls.” Defendants, as alleged in the government’s complaints, continued to transmit illegal calls even after being warned that those calls were scam pitches. Read a story from CBS News and a Department of Justice press release.

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