• May 16th 2009 at 10:47AM
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It's official. The Feds are pissed, too. On Thursday, a federal judge did what many of us have wanted to do for a long time now. He handed out restraining orders to two companies the Federal Trade Commission says have been calling you, me, all your friends, your 90-year-old blind grandmother, and anyone else without enough sense to ignore unidentified phone calls.
"Today the FTC has disconnected the people responsible for so many of these annoying robocalls," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in a press release. "We expect to see a dramatic decrease in deceptive auto warranty calls, but we are still on high alert.

Voice Touch, Inc. and its partner Network Foundations LLC were ordered to immediately stop making phone calls that violate the Do Not Call Registry. The Feds also ordered the companies' assets frozen and appointed receivers over them to ensure all relevant documents are preserved for a May 29 hearing. Transcontinental Warranty, Inc., a client of Voice Touch, was also given a restraining order.

Does this mean those annoying calls will now stop? Most of them, probably. Does it mean your car's warranty really isn't about to expire? Judging by the number of new cars sold in the last two years, the end of your car's coverage is probably long gone or very near. Leave your number in the comments and someone will get with you soon to discuss your options. (We're kidding, obviously.)

[Source: The Associated Press]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It is about time. Nothing they said about not getting anymore calls didn't work.

      Besides, it wasn't the car company anyway.

      W. Kirk Crawford
      Tularosa, New Mexico
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good! What surprises me more is that there is actually enough people out who fall for this stuff to make it worth the while of these companies to even conduct business like this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am worried about my car's warranty expiring. Call me. My phone number is 867-5309.

        • 6 Years Ago
        $hit! that's what i was going to say
      • 6 Years Ago
      About time. It really pissed me off having my Cell airtime wasted by these idiots. Unfortunately not all of us can ignore all unknown callers.

      I would love to see all Robocallers eliminated. I do my part by hanging up on them. Even if they claim to be calling on behalf of a company I do business with. I think it is the height of arrogance to have a computer call your customer and then put them on hold to wait for you.

      Fortunately my voip line isn't published in the local phone directory and is an unusual exchange for my area so we get peace and quiet at home.

      As for the do not call registries I would give them a pass. The way they work they have to hand over a copy of the list to the companies for a fee. Unfortunately this leaves unscrupulous companies or those out of country a cheap and easy phone list to work off of. The best way to keep calls down is don't give out your home phone number to any business. Or give them a fake one or an old one.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I simply cannot understand how is it possible in US to have people making money (marketers) while stealing from one's private property.

      Phones: not only people with plans that charge minutes on answer, but overall logic says if I didn't pay in the first place to have a phone, there would be no phone to call me on. So, it's my private property and you are using my money to make money. I call that stealing.

      Internet: again same argument - if I didn't pay my ISP you would have no e-mail address to send spam to. Now, free addresses might be unregulated and connections from free hot spots as well. But you should not be able to use my private property paid for with my money to do business and make money. That's stealing.

      TV: same as above, only broadcast through air is free game, anything that goes through paid for service (cable and satelite) must be off limits.

      Now, if you want to ask people nicely to OPT-IN to have your commercials and they agree, then all is fair. Now think how much pennies you'll have to put on the table to incentive people to accept your deal - huge, ain't it? You would go out of business if you had to do that - well, that's right, that's the money you've been stealing from other people's private property.

      As they say, only in America ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now only if they could get the USfidelis commercials on TV to stop...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh man, I hate those freaking commercials.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And could they also stop the people calling my cell phone with offers to clean my carpet????

        I don't even have carpet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lease a BMW, free maintenance and warrenty for the term of your lease.

      And have them put "special BMW oil" instead of the Castro synthetic they say its not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh. I got two of them today...both on my cell phone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      About freaking time. I don't know why it is so hard for the various watchdogs (FCC/FTC...) to crack down on such blatant law breakers.

      Almost makes me wonder the purpose of these organizations.

      • 6 Years Ago
      My house partner got these calls constantly for his 2007 Mazda. When I started to get them, at my work number no less, I knew something was wrong with this. My car is 10 years old and the warranty expired 7 years ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I get these calls incessantly, on my cell phone and house phone. I live in the city, and have never owned a car. Sometimes I wait through the whole speech and tell whomever answers to take me off their lists, and still end up getting the calls!
      Sometimes I get the calls at around 8 or 9 in the morning on days I can sleep in late, and they wake me up. It's SO ridiculous and annoying, and I hope this company gets all its money taken away.
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