Scamming telemarketers fine and ordered not to call

[Ya. Right.]

The CRTC has fined two companies based in India for breaking Canada’s telemarketing rules [Do Not Call registry]. Pecon Software Ltd. and Avaneesh Software Private Ltd. were making unsolicited telemarketing calls to Canadians even though they registered their phone numbers on the national do-not-call registry.   The scammers would warn people their home computer was infected with a virus and offer to sell them online technical support or anti-virus software. In fact, there was generally no problem with their computer. In some cases, the scammers would convince their victims that they should remotely connect into the victim’s computer to show the issues and or “fix” the problem.

The scammers generally said they were either from Microsoft or saying something like “Windows Support Group” [tricking the victims to think that they are from Microsoft but without saying so directly].   Pecon Software has been fined $495,000, while Avaneesh Software has been fined just $12,000. The CRTC has also ordered both companies to stop making the calls.   As the two companies are based in India, I don’t think the CRTC’s “arms” can stretch that far and I suspect the two companies could ignore the fines and orders. According to someone I know, the only way the CRTC could see the fines if either company has assets in Canada or there is some type of treaty with India.

It is a bit odd that the CRTC went after them just for breaking the telemarketing rules [telemarketing?] and ignoring the obvious fasct that what they did was at least fraud. There are probably hundreds if not thousands who have complained on the Internet.

Problem is that no one seems to either care about the fraud part or they can’t do much about it.

Update [2012/10/05] : In the US, the FTC sent after six companies and individuals forking for them including Pecon Software. According to the FTC, the scammers tried to avoid detection by using virtual offices that turned out to be mail-forwarding operations, and by using 80 disparate domain names and 130 different phone numbers.

A U.S. District Court in Maryland ordered a halt to the scheme in 2008, and through a settlement in 2011, a father and son were ordered to pay $8.2 million in restitution. Two other defendants settled the charges against them, and default judgments were issued against three others.

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