AG files lawsuit for illegal robocalls

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – According to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, the Do Not Call list has been violated by a California telemarketer who is targeting Hoosiers.

Zoeller has filed a lawsuit accusing Peter Tolman of California for making illegal robocalls as Leads Direct Marketing. Tolman has been placing calls to protected numbers to try and sell home security systems, home security monitoring services and other related products, according to a news release.

A lawsuit filed in Marion County court showed about 60 complaints were reported to the Attorney General’s Office, most of those are in the Indianapolis area. 55 of the 60 were listed on the Do Not Call list. Those calls were received numerous times per week.

Since the Do Not Call law went into effect in January 2002, the Attorney General’s Office has 314 settlements totaling more than $22 million.

Most robocalls are illegal in Indiana even if a resident’s number is not on the Do Not Call list. Exceptions to that rule include, school districts to students, parents or employees and business advising employees of work schedules.

The next deadline to sign up for the Do Not Call list is Nov. 18. Sign up by clicking here or calling 1-888-834-9969. Consumers can also file a complaint by calling the same number or visiting the same website.

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