New Kind of Annoying: Robocall Trojan Horse Hides Cruise Offer in Political Survey

New Kind of Annoying: Robocall Trojan Horse Hides Cruise Offer in Political SurveyA widespread telemarketing scheme in which companies bombarded American consumers with billions of calls for a purported political survey was actually a tricky and illegal plot to sell cruise travel packages, the Federal Trade Commission announced this week. The FTC and 10 state attorneys general announced this week the partial settlement of a case against Caribbean Cruise Line, which, along with seven other companies, was charged with orchestrating an elaborate robocall scheme, raking in millions of dollars by pitching trips to the Bahamas under the guise of a political survey in an attempt to evade federal telemarketing laws, the FTC said. Emily Cope Burton, an attorney with the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said the robocall scheme was unique in that the call was a Trojan horse – the robocall got in the door to the consumer as a political survey before turning to a pitch for a travel package.

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