ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 4 that it has filed a complaint in federal district court in Orlando to stop to an alleged credit card interest rate reduction scam.
The defendants are Higher Goals Marketing LLC, Sunshine Freedom Services LLC, Brandun L. Anderson, Lea A. Brownell, Melissa M. Deese, Gerald D. Starr Jr. and Travis L. Teel.
These defendants allegedly engaged in a telemarketing scheme to deceive financially distressed consumers. Via telemarketing, they would convince consumers to buy bogus credit card interest rate-reduction services. The FTC is charging the defendants with violating the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule.
The FTC voted 2-0 to authorize the staff to file the complaint for a temporary restraining order. A complete list of defendants can be found in the complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division.
In its news release, the FTC thanked Florida’s Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs, Consumer Protection Division, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for assisting in the case.