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Help AG Bob Ferguson track down sources of illegal robocalls and telemarketing scams :: NPI’s Cascadia Advocate

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Help AG Bob Ferguson track down sources of illegal robocalls and telemarketing scams :: NPI’s Cascadia Advocate

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The state Attor­ney General’s office wants cit­i­zen help in track­ing down inces­sant and often ille­gal robo­calls as well as tele­phone scams, and has set up two new web sites to report auto­mat­ed, record­ed mes­sages that will not end.

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son is Wash­ing­ton State’s chief law enforce­ment offi­cer (Cam­paign photo)

“Robo­calls are more than just annoy­ing – they can also be ille­gal,” said Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son. “Many of our cas­es are based on tips we receive from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans. If robo­calls are harass­ing you, please file a com­plaint with my office.”

Fer­gu­son has gone to court and joined in state AG law­suits, the lat­est last Octo­ber against a Cor­val­lis-based out­fit called Glob­al Grid Tele­com, which placed 54,000 alleged­ly decep­tive record­ed messages.

Curi­ous­ly, the mes­sages hawked a robo­call block­ing service.

A year ago, two firms that made more than 1.7 mil­lion robo­calls into Wash­ing­ton agreed to pay $495,000 to legit­i­mate char­i­ties as a result of a law­suit by Fer­gu­son and 39 oth­er attor­neys gen­er­al, and the Fed­er­al Trade Commission.

The biggest win, an August, 2020, order by a King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court judge that Van­cou­ver, Wash­ing­ton-based air duct clean­ing com­pa­nies and own­ers pay $10 mil­lion in civ­il penal­ties US Air Ducts & Sky Builders and DLM Ser­vices, Inc. made…

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