|June 29, 2015
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission obtained a federal district court order to temporarily halt an Orlando-based operation bombarding consumers with massive robocall campaigns designed to trick consumers into paying upfront for worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs. The order stops the illegal calls, many of which targeted seniors and claimed to be from credit card services and card member services.
“These scammers were making illegal robocalls to people nationwide, some of whom were seniors on fixed incomes. Too often the services promised were never provided, and consumers faced even more credit card debt through charges made without their consent. My office, in partnership with the FTC, has shut down this illegal credit card interest rate reduction scam and brought those responsible under the control of a federal court receiver." said Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“Working with the Florida Attorney General, we’re shutting down a scam that blasted robocalls to older people and offered bogus solutions to relieve credit card debt,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “It’s illegal to sell products or services with out-of the-blue robocalls, and if you get one you can expect that the sales pitch is a lie, too.”
Doing business as Payless Solutions, the defendants illegally called thousands of consumers nationwide claiming that their program will quickly save consumers at least $2,500 in interest rate reductions or related savings. After convincing consumers to provide credit card information, the defendants then charged between $300 and $4,999 in up-front costs for the worthless services. In some cases, consumers were illegally charged without consent.
The complaint includes allegations that the defendants made many calls to consumers whose phone numbers are on the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry, violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule Florida’s Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act, and used consumers’ personal information to apply for new credit cards, presumably with low introductory interest rates, without consumers’ knowledge or consent.
The defendants include: All Us Marketing LLC, f/k/a Payless Solutions, LLC; Global Marketing Enterprises Inc., f/k/a Pay Less Solutions Inc.; Global One Financial Services LLC; Your #1 Savings LLC; Ovadaa LLC; Royal Holdings Of America LLC; Gary Rodriguez; Marbel Rodriguez; Carmen Williams; Jonathan Paulino; Fairiborz Fard; Shirin Imani; and Alex Serna.
To view the complaint, click here.