Yost Continuing to Hold Nuisance Robocallers Accountable

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 16th, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a strong warning after developing and launching Ohio’s Robocall Enforcement Unit back in March 2020.

We can all agreed at some point in our recent live we have been victimized by an automated telephone call which delivers a recorded message, typically on behalf of a political party or telemarketing company, or bill collectors or simply some unscrupulous person who is without scruples of conscience, and disregards, or has contempt for, laws of right or justice with which he or she is perfectly well acquainted, and which should restrain his or her actions. They are using these unscrupulous methods for making money and taking advantage of the unfortunate.

On August 12th, 2020 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a strong warning after developing and launching Ohio’s Robocall Enforcement Unit back in March 2020.

According to Attorney General Dave Yost he is continuing to take action to shut down illegal robocallers and help make Ohio the toughest state for them to operate.

Even though the Attorney General is on a campaign to shut down illegal robocallers. This is extremely nebulous. The term illegal robocallers is enormously suggestive that there could some forms of legal robocallers.

However, if you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are these calls are illegal. A robocall trying to sell you something is illegal unless a company has your written permission to call you that way.

Subsequently, back in June 2020, Attorney General Yost joined six other states in filing suit against a pair of Texas businesses accused of blasting billions of illegal robocalls, including over 59 million calls to Ohioans.

 The federal lawsuit alleges that Rising Eagle Capital Group LLC and JSquared Telecom LLC are behind a bombardment of robocalls offering extended car warranties and health care services.  

Accordingly, more than 70 complaints reported to the Robocall Enforcement Unit were tied to Rising Eagle and JSquared. John Spiller II, owner of the businesses, and his business partner, Jakob Mears, are also named in the lawsuit.

Moreover, in a separate matter, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that a Texas business agreed to a permanent ban on payment processing to settle allegations that it helped scammers defraud millions of dollars from Americans.

Furthermore, the settlement with Madera Merchant Services LLC and its operators, Bruce Woods, Patricia Woods and Victor Rodriguez, is the result of a joint complaint filed in federal court by Yost’s office and the Federal Trade Commission in 2019.

Additionally, the complaint alleged that Madera Merchant Services, also known as B&P Enterprises, operated as a third-party payment processor, charging consumer checking accounts on behalf of unscrupulous telemarketers.

Reportedly, one of those telemarketers, Educare Centre Services, was allegedly behind a flood of robocalls that misled victims with false promises of consolidated credit services. Madera processed more than $11.8 million in transactions for Educare, which remains the subject of a separate lawsuit.

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Since its inception in March of this year, the Robocall Enforcement Unit has received over 20,000 reports of unwanted calls. Robocalls involving auto service warranties are the most frequently reported type of complaint as of August.

Signs of an illegal robocall include:

  • The call appears to be coming from your area code but has no relation to the area.
  • The call urges you to act quickly.
  • The call requests that you press a number to speak with a representative or unsubscribe.
  • The caller requests payment via wire, prepaid money card or gift card.

Yost has continued to remind the citizenry of Ohio their best advice to help you combat robocalls is: Just Don’t Answer!

Ohio Attorney General strongly urges Ohioans to report all unwanted robocalls to the Robocall Enforcement Unit by texting “ROBO” to 888111, visiting OhioProtects.org or calling 800-282-0515. For the citizenry that are Ohioans you strongly urged to contact Attorney General of your respective state.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.