[Ed. – Are they behind the calls from ‘Thomas’ (who despite his western name has an especially thick Indian accent) informing me that my ‘Window computer have a virus’?]
Three New Jersey brothers will pay $1.6 million to settle charges of instigating more than 45 million illegal robocalls nationwide, including to tens of millions of Americans on the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry, the agency announced on Friday.
The siblings also agreed to a permanent ban on telemarketing and will hand over a residential property to resolve the agency’s allegations, made in a complaint filed by Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC.
According to the FTC’s suit, Joseph, Sean and Raymond Carney initiated more than 45 million illegal telemarketing calls to people across the U.S. between January 2018 and March 2019 to pitch a line of septic tank cleaning products. Most of the calls, or 31 million, were placed to numbers on the FTC’s registry of people who don’t want to receive marketing calls.