LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against Francisco Salvat and his companies, bringing a federal court action to stop the alleged telemarketing scheme.
Salvat and his companies allegedly placed more than 1.3 million pre-recorded telemarketing calls to people listed under the Do Not Call Registry.
“Mr. Salvat’s companies ignored the Do Not Call Registry and made illegal robocalls,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Breaking the law isn’t a great way for a company to introduce itself to potential customers.”
According to the FTC, the defendants would make prerecorded statements about how consumers’ rates were about to go up and that consumers could help stop the increase from happening. Consumers could press "1" and be connected to a telemarketer who would then push solar panel sales.
The FTC believes the defendants violated telemarketing sales rules by calling people on the Do Not Call Registry, continuing to contact those who told them to stop, failing to use proper caller ID and making illegal robocalls.
The FTC seeks a federal court order that would ban the defendants from this alleged illegal contact.