February 7, 1995 |
A federal ban on automated, tape-recorded telephone sales pitches was upheld Monday by a federal appeals court, which said Congress accurately identified commercial auto-dialing as a threat to privacy. The ban was blocked in December, 1992, two days before it was to take effect, by U.S. District Judge James Redden of Portland, Ore. He said it was too broad and did little to protect residents from unsolicited calls, the majority of which are made by live callers. But the U.S.
April 6, 1987 |
The get-rich-quick business is quickly getting poorer. Consider Ed Beckley, a skinny, squeaky-voiced man with choir-boy looks who sells a $299 "Millionaire Maker" package of cassettes and books promising to teach people how to get rich buying real estate even if they are broke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1986
A Hollywood couple who defrauded 1,500 customers of $1.1 million through two telephone sales firms pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court. Leslie Burke, 58, pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $4,000 in fines. His wife, Judith, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts and faces up to 10 years in prison and $2,000 in fines.
February 12, 1985 |
San Diego's three largest financial institutions plan to dial for big dollars this year through telephone sales operations. Imperial Savings & Loan Assn., Great American First Savings Bank and Home Federal Savings & Loan Assn. are all hoping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in new deposits through direct solicitation of consumers by phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1987 |
A law enforcement task force seized records of a vitamin company in Brea Tuesday after some consumers complained that the firm was not paying off on promises of prizes ranging from new cars to bars of gold in exchange for vitamin purchases. Omni Pharmaceuticals, on Tamarack Avenue, has been operating three shifts of at least 20 telephone sales workers a day, Orange County prosecutors said after the raid. The company began operations in 1983. Deputy Dist. Atty. Patrick S.
July 21, 1997 |
About the only thing people living in Southwestern Bell's service area hate more than visiting the dentist, sitting in traffic or reporting for jury duty is getting a call at dinner from someone pitching a long-distance service. About half of 1,000 households surveyed by the company this spring said they would rather undertake the aforementioned unpleasant activities than hear from a telemarketer while they're eating. The survey was conducted in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.