The FTC filed a complaint and order against several companies they allege delivered more than one million illegal prerecorded messages each day. These messages pitched a variety of products and services, including debt relief services, carpet and upholstery cleaning services, auto warranties, mortgage loan modification and foreclosure assistance, timeshares, satellite dish broadcasting, and burial insurance. The FTC also alleged the companies illegally called numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, abandoned calls, and failed to disclose the callers’ identity .
The settlement orders asses over $3 million in civil penalties. The settlement orders also include monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure that the defendants comply with the terms of the orders. Specifically, the defendants have agreed to screen the prerecorded messages that subscribers deliver through the voice broadcasting technology they sell.
Details of the settlements are available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/02/voiceblaze.shtm