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Mortgage broker fined $7.5M for violating Do Not Call laws

The Do Not Call laws are strict and inflexible, and a leading mortgage brokerage targeted U.S. servicemembers, even when appearing on the Do Not Call registry.

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Do Not Call rules are not for breaking

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined the Mortgage Investors Corporation a whopping $7.5 million for violating Do Not Call laws, the largest fines levied against any company for violating these laws as they pursued business with U.S. servicemembers. In the ten years of the Do Not Call registry’s existence, the FTC has been very harsh in monitoring and penalizing any individual or company who violates the Do Not Call provisions Telemarketing Sales Rule.

The FTC refers to the Mortgage Investors Corporation as one of America’s leading refinancers of home loans for veterans, and is accusing the company of calling individuals listed on the Do Not Call registry and refusing to remove individuals from their company call list upon demand, and to top it all off, the terms of available loan products were allegedly misstated by the company’s telemarketers.

“Since the advent of Do Not Call, the FTC has been aggressive in cracking down on violators and preventing annoying, illegal calls to consumers,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Today’s settlements leave no doubt that DNC enforcement remains a top priority.”

Not just violating the Do Not Call list

Not only is this the largest fine resulting from Do Not Call absuses, the case is also the first action the FTC has brought under the Mortgage Acts and Practices advertising rule, under which the FTC may collect civil penalties for deceptive mortgage ads.

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There are currently 221 million Americans on the Do Not Call list and businesses must take this list into account when developing their marketing strategy, particularly cold calls, but even calls made to existing clients. All business individuals and owners should review the full list of Do Not Call rules and how any phone number can be registered and added to the Do Not Call list.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Gabe Sanders

    June 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Yet the calls keep coming, day in, day out.

  2. Pingback: Broker List Mortgage Telemarketing | New American Mortgage Rates

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