Carter to company: Stop faxing us

John O'Brien Aug. 19, 2008, 2:28pm

One of the alleged faxes


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - Do Not Call leader Steve Carter, Indiana's Attorney General, is suing a New Jersey business over its alleged spreading of unsolicited faxes.

Carter says he recently received more than 1,000 complaints from Indiana residents who received faxes from EZ Precious Metals Group, Inc., also known as EZPMG. Carter has made penalizing telemarketers a priority during his time in office, which will soon be over.

He's nationally known for his Do Not Call list, as well as the subsequent Do Not Fax list he created.

"For each fax brought to our attention, it is likely there were hundreds more that were unreported and caused headaches for people across the state," Carter said. "We have heard from citizens in 51 counties who were supplementing the advertising costs of this East coast company thousands of miles away."

Carter said one Pulaski County resident complained of being bombarded by 200 faxes.

The complaints were received from Jan.-Nov. 2007. The faxes advertised mortgage services.

Carter, who filed the suit in St. Joseph County Court, is seeking civil penalties of up to $1,500 per violation and another $10,000 for the company's failure to obtain a certificate of authority to transact business within the state.

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