ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a lawsuit against two Roanoke-based telemarketing companies, and resident Bryant Cass, for illegal robocalls and sales tactics.
Cass and his two companies, Adventis, Inc. and Skyline Metrics, LLC, made hundreds of thousands of unsolicited robocalls nationwide.
The group targeted those who posted cars for sale on websites such as Craigslist, Autotraders.com, or other websites.
In the suit, Cass and his businesses are accused of calling hundreds of numbers a day, including numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.
A voicemail was left advertising car selling services for a “small fee” with a “money back guarantee.” Anyone that returned the call reached a telemarketing boiler room in downtown Roanoke, where trained salespeople spoke with people using a script.
The suit dates between 2014 to 2017. Each call could cost Cass $500 or more in civil penalties.
Attorney General Herring offers the following information to handle robocalls:
- Don’t answer calls you don’t recognize
- If it’s an unwanted call, hang up
- Don’t press any numbers if prompted
- Register all numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222
- Report robocalls to the National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov
- Contact phone companies and ask about robocall blocking options
The Federal Trade Commission says Virginia was the seventh highest state in the nation for Do Not Call Registry complaints in 2018.
Robocalls across the nation increased by 57% from 2017 to 2018.