FTC SENDS REFUNDS TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DEFRAUDED BY DECEPTIVE ROBOCALLS
The FTC is mailing checks refunds totaling more than $707,000 to small business owners who were deceived by a robocall scheme.
According to the FTC, the defendants, operating as Pointbreak Media, Modern Spotlight, National Business Listings, and Modern Source Media, called small business owners, claimed to be acting on Google’s behalf, and threatened that Google would label their businesses “permanently closed” unless they spoke with a “Google specialist.” The defendants’ telemarketers then told the small business owners that defendants could “claim and verify” the business owners’ Google listing and have unique “keywords” so their business would appear prominently on the search engine, for a one-time fee ranging from $300 to $700. The court found that these claims were false.
The FTC is sending refunds to 4,467 small business owners with an average refund amount of $158.32. If you receive a check, please cash or deposit it within 60 days
If you have more questions, please call the refund administrator at 1-833-928-2553.