Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges | Federal Trade Commission
October 23, 2014 Leave a comment
Defendants To Pay $10 Million For Trifecta of FTC Violations
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that several defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the FTC to settle charges related to offers of "free" gift cards from major retailers. The "trifecta" of FTC violations are: spam text messages; illegal robocalls; and mobile cramming.
As stated in the October 22, 2014, Press Release:
"The settlement marks the completion of a major effort by the FTC to crack down on the senders of unwanted text messages offering consumers “free” gift cards to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target. The messages contained links to websites that led consumers through a process that the FTC alleges was designed to get consumers’ personal information for sale to marketers, their mobile phone numbers to cram unwanted charges on their bill, and to drive them to paid subscriptions for which the scammers received affiliate referral fees."
The settlements are being paid by three sets of defendants in different amounts.
Source: FTC: Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges