The Federal Trade Commission is suing three companies that have been making automated recorded phone calls to sell "worthless" credit card interest reduction programs, charging customers an up front fee as high as $1,495 and delivering zilcho.
Here's a snippet from the official government press release:
"According to the three FTC complaints, Economic Relief Technologies, LLC, Dynamic Financial Group (U.S.A.) Inc., and JPM Accelerated Services (JPM), and related defendants made illegal pre-recorded robocalls to consumers, using names like “card services,” “credit card services” or “account services.” The robocalls allegedly claimed the defendants’ services could lower the interest rate on consumers’ credit cards. In each case, consumers who pressed 1 after hearing the automated call were transferred to live telemarketers who allegedly misrepresented that consumers could dramatically lower the rates on their credit card.
The telemarketers also said consumers would save thousands of dollars in a short period of time by lowering their interest rates and would be able to pay off their debts faster – for an up-front fee ranging from $495 to $1,495. The defendants then falsely stated that if consumers did not save a “guaranteed” amount – typically $2,500 or more – they could get a full refund of the up-front fee. However, after securing the fee, the defendants allegedly did not negotiate lower rates on behalf of consumers and provided few refunds to those who were dissatisfied with the service."
Here's the deal. Every time consumers get ripped off by sleazeballs using telemarketing technology, it makes all of our jobs harder. Getting robbed on the phone is certainly preferable to getting mugged on the street, but that is little consolation to these scam victims.
What's more astounding is that companies are still choosing to use pre-recorded sales calls at all. Since Sept. 1, 2009, recorded sales pitches have been illegal with the exception of a few rare instances -- such as the customer previously requesting such calls in advance (like that's gonna happen!)
The reality is that sales calls are about building personal relationships and talking to machines is a total turnoff.
The reality is that targeted leads often welcome telemarketing calls, such as is the experience of stellar Arizona real estate agent Curt Stinson.
With Mojo lead management software and power dialer technology, you project the friendly human interaction as your first impression -- even on the first hello. No robotic recordings.
The Mojo power dialer with lead management will make 250-300 calls an hour, constantly feeding you the live customers as they pick up!
Moreover, with no robot interaction, your sales staff will encounter far fewer hostile responses -- making their work shifts less stressful and more productive.
Now if we could just invent a device to weed out the unscrupulous scam artists!