The FTC recently filed a complaint against nine defendants in an alleged scam that involved luring consumers with “free” gift cards and electronics through text messages in order to take their money and target them for illegal robocalls.
Florida-based Acquinity Interactive and its officer Garry Jonas were named in the complaint, as were 7657030 Canada; Revenue Path E-Consulting; Revenuepath; Worldwide Commerce Associates; Sarita Somani, a Revenue Path and Worldwide officer; Firebrand Group; and Matthew Beucler, a Firebrand officer.
In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the defendants sent unwanted text messages to consumers that promised free prizes and gifts. Consumers who clicked on the links in the messages were then required to provide sensitive personal information, apply for credit or pay to subscribe to services to receive the “free” gifts, and many were also signed up to receive unwanted automated telemarketing calls.
The FTC complaint alleges that the defendants violated the FTC Act and Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the commission has sought injunctions against the defendants to halt the alleged deceptive and unfair practices. The complaint also seeks to require the defendants to pay monetary damages.