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April 15, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two former officials of a Costa Mesa company were sentenced Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court for their role in schemes that bilked more than 1,000 consumers with a phony credit card offer, authorities said. Unlike other fraudulent telephone solicitations, the credit card scam involved asking consumers to send a relatively small amount--$198 for a one-time processing fee--instead of the thousands of dollars that hustlers of precious metals or other phony investments demand.
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April 15, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two former officials of a Costa Mesa company were sentenced Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court for their role in schemes that bilked more than 1,000 consumers with a phony credit card offer, authorities said. Unlike other fraudulent telephone solicitations, the credit card scam involved asking consumers to send a relatively small amount--$198 for a one-time processing fee--instead of the thousands of dollars that hustlers of precious metals or other phony investments demand.
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February 3, 2008 | David Colker
The call: Hello, who's there??? The caller: Telemarketers legally can use automatic dialers to deliver vast numbers of recorded commercial messages, provided that the calls go to phones not on the federal Do Not Call registry. If no one picks up the phone, the recorded message can be left on an answering machine. But if a person answers, the rules change. The rule: According to the Federal Trade Commission's telemarketing sales rule, recorded calls have to be switched within two seconds to a live sales representative if someone picks up the phone.
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June 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
A top federal regulator warned the banking industry on Monday that it could face new government restrictions if it doesn't curb the sale of customers' personal financial data to telemarketers. "The persistent failure of the industry itself to address abusive conduct creates a fertile seedbed for legislation," John D. Hawke Jr., comptroller of the currency, said in an unusually forthright speech to bank lending officers in San Francisco.
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July 18, 2000 | Bloomberg News
California Laser Co., a Van Nuys-based holographic-imaging company that claimed to have an endorsement from actor James Doohan of "Star Trek" fame, has settled fraud charges, regulators said. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that California Laser and its founder, Nicholas Geranio, falsely told investors that Doohan endorsed the company. California Laser and Geranio used that claim and high-pressure, boiler-room telemarketing sales to raise more than $2.
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October 21, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 32-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested on suspicion of bilking senior citizens in a telemarketing scheme, authorities said Friday. Investigators received calls last week from several people who said they were told by a representative of U.S. Catalog Exchange in Irvine that they had won from $10,000 to $25,000, Police Sgt. Phil Povey said. To collect the money, the so-called winners were told they must pay a California processing fee, which ranged from $189 to $429, Povey said.
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September 10, 1997 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee at a Los Angeles Times telemarketing office fired numerous gunshots at his co-workers Tuesday night, wounding one man and barricading himself in an office where he was later found dead of what authorities believed were self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
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December 14, 2005 | From Reuters
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that DirecTV Group Inc. would pay $5.3 million to settle charges that the satellite television operator had violated the FTC's rule against calling people who have asked not to receive sales calls. The FTC said it was the largest civil penalty the agency had ever announced in a case enforcing a consumer protection law.
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April 17, 2009 | David Colker
Federal government to DirecTV and Comcast cable: What part of Do Not Call didn't you understand? Satellite television provider DirecTV Inc. agreed to pay $2.31 million to settle charges that it made more than 1 million calls to its customers who had -- as was their right -- placed themselves on a Do Not Call list, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. And why did the company make the calls? To ask the customers to remove themselves from the list, the agency said.
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March 1, 1999
Here are some tips designed to protect against telemarketing fraud: * Your best protection is to just hang up the phone. If you think that is rude, tell solicitors politely that you're not interested, that you don't want to waste their time and to please not call back--and then hang up. * If you find yourself caught up in a sales pitch, remember the federal government's Telemarketing Sales Rule. You have to be told the name of the company, the fact that it is a sales call and what's being sold.
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January 6, 1994 | ELAINE TASSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Beach man previously convicted of boiler room fraud in Orange County was arrested again for allegedly telling people to send money for prizes they supposedly had won, police said Wednesday. Police said James Alan Winter, 31, called people on mailing lists he bought and told them they had won a valuable prize or trip in a contest. To claim it, they had to send a $150 or $200 processing fee to his Fountain Valley mailbox, said Police Sgt. Dann Bean.
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