Missouri AG files suit against telemarketers violating no-call rules

Chris Koster, Missouri's Attorney General, has filed lawsuits against five telemarketing companies for allegedly violating the state's no-call list rules.

Chris Koster, Missouri AG

Koster

As reported in the St. Louis Business Journal, the five companies include TollFreeZone.com Inc., based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Innovative Wealth Builders Inc. of Clearwater, Fla., BMV Debt Management Corp., American Credit Counselors, and A+ Financial Center LLC, all from the Palm Beach, Fla area.

In the cases against BMV Debt Management and American Credit Counselors, the suits argue that both companies used what is known as a "spoofed" phone number to make 20,000 calls to consumers over the course of three months. A "spoofed" phone number fools the consumer by concealing they are getting a call from a telemarketer by showing another number on their caller ID display.

Although the current laws only allows consumers to register their wireline numbers, Koster has asked the state's General Assembly to enable them to register their cell phone numbers as well.

For more:
- St. Louis Business Journal has this article

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