FTC Wins $7.5 Million Penalty in Do Not Call List Violation
June 28, 2013 8:20 AM
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Home lender lied about loan specifics in addition to calling 5.4 million people on the national DNC registry
The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that it has won a massive civil penalty against Mortgage Investors Corporation for violating
Do Not Call List statutes
. The FTC says it won a $7.5 million civil penalty against the mortgage company for calling up 5.4 million numbers that are on the national Do Not Call Registry.
Mortgage Investors Corporation is said to be one of the largest financers of veteran's home loans. The FTC alleges that the mortgage company not only called consumers who were on the national Do Not Call Registry, but that it failed remove consumers from its call list when they asked and misstated terms of available loans during their telemarketing calls.
The people targeted were current and former U.S. military personnel, and the actions constitute a violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The FTC says that the telemarketers misled consumers into believing that low interest, fixed-rate mortgages were available at no cost and often quoted rates to consumers that they implied by that would last the duration of their loan.
The FTC says that in reality the product the company was offering was an adjustable-rate mortgage where the payments would increase with rising interest rates and would require the consumer to pay closing costs. Mortgage Investors Corporation also allegedly misled consumers about its affiliation with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The announcement of the $7.5 million fine came on the 10-year anniversary of the national Do Not Call Registry.
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6/30/2013 4:36:09 PM
Makes sense. Let's fine companies quadcatrillions of dollars for making phone calls...
Sometimes the raw hate for all businesses on Daily Tech is just too much.
Also where does this money of yours go? Certainly not to the "harmed" party, but right to our Government. Where I'm so sure it's better spent than in the private sector right? HA!
So you're down with fleecing the private sector even more, but hey why not? They make lots of money, so they deserve it, they're evil I'm sure...
7/1/2013 8:00:10 AM
What you miss is "making phone calls" to people that explicitly said they didn't want to be called.
Besides soliciting by phone or otherwise is 9/10 times more a waste of time and potential money to someone than really a service. I'm all for expanding the "Do not call" list to every soliciting means, hell I could bet that 90% of the people would be more than happy to be on that list.
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