Kroger settles with telemarketers

Keith Loria Sep. 29, 2009, 5:28pm


SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger on Tuesday announced a settlement that will put a stop to an alleged telemarketing scheme aimed at state consumers.

Washington-based A Growing Concern, LTD, was being charged with solicitating donations on behalf of Search and Rescue Charities. An Oregon Department of Justice investigation uncovered evidence that A Growing Concern repeatedly deceived Oregon consumers, including falsely claiming that donations would support local search and rescue efforts.

"Search and rescue team members risk their lives to save Oregonians and play a crucial role in public safety," Kroger said.

"Oregonians who want to help search and rescue efforts need to know that their donations are going to legitimate charities."

Under terms of the settlement, the companies are prohibited from operating in Oregon for at least three years.

Furthermore, A Growing Concern has to pay a total of $5,000. The companies could have to pay an additional $20,000 if they violate any terms of the agreement and an additional $25,000 for each violation.

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