Venable attorney Jonathan Pompan joined LeadsCon’s Warren Pickett on the LeadsCon Industry Insider podcast episode, “Lead Generation Compliance and Regulation in Today’s World. Who’s Minding the Store?” to discuss current lead generation advertising compliance issues. With government, the private sector, and the daily news cycle engulfed by all things related to COVID-19, speakers discussed amongst

no phone scamsCriminal charges against six individuals allegedly involved in a telemarketing scheme targeting elderly people were brought today by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. According to the Complaint, the defendants contacted elderly consumers with business opportunities requiring nothing more than a simple cash investment. The consumers were promised that they would see large returns on that investment without them needing to do anything other than the initial investment. After making the investment, the consumers would then receive additional telemarketing calls offering other services such as coaching, business development, and tax preparation services. The Complaint alleges that none of the consumers received what they were promised.
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When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigates a case, it looks at it from the first contact the consumer has with a product or service through the end of the consumer experience. For many consumers, the first contact with a product comes through lead generation, where a “lead generator” tries to find consumers interested in a particular type of good or service and then sell those leads to marketers. The FTC released its staff perspective paper on lead generation in September. Demonstrating that the FTC’s interest in lead generation is not just academic, the FTC recently asked the Department of Justice to file a complaint on the FTC’s behalf against a collection of entities known as the Consumer Education Group, charging them with violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The complaint alleged that the Defendants made illegal outbound telemarketing calls — some using robocalls delivering prerecorded messages — to consumers on the national Do Not Call (DNC) Registry without consumers’ express written consent or a preexisting business relationship.
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