Telemarketer Faces $3.2M Judgment by FTC
Last Tuesday a Florida federal judge inked a $3.15 million judgment against a telemarketer that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued for making robocalls selling credit card services.
Higher Goals Marketing, as well as affiliate Sunshine Freedom Services LLC and several company managers and officers, were targeted by the FTC two years ago for scamming consumers out of millions through a telemarketing scheme that promised to lower credit card interest rates.
Sunshine Freedom Services LLC and their leadership team settled a deal last year which was approved in March by U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza.
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This week Judge Mendoza signed off on a judgment against Higher Goals Marketing after complaints by the FTC that the organization wasn’t responsive to the litigation.
According to Tuesday’s judgment, all defendants are jointly responsible for the $3.15 million, and are all banned permanently from both telemarketing and debt-relief services.
Higher Goals Marketing did profit from targeting consumers already struggling with credit card debt. The individuals who received robocalls were given the option to speak to sales representatives, who in turn offered to lower the consumers credit card interest rates with an upfront payment.
Representatives for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
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