June 30, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has obtained a consent judgment against Higher Response Marketing, Inc., a Florida-based telemarketing company, and Craig Rubino, owner of the company, for alleged violations of Missouri’s telemarketing and telephone solicitation laws.
Koster said his office investigated the company after numerous complaints filed with his Consumer Protection Division. He said the company made telephone solicitations to Missourians who had placed their names on the state’s No-Call List, claiming they could lower their credit card interest rate.
Koster said in addition to a $25,000 fine, the judgment prohibits Rubino from making any future calls to anyone on the No-Call list and requires him to comply with all state and federal laws regarding telemarketing and telephone solicitations or sales. Any violation of the judgment will result in civil penalties.
“The Attorney General’s Office will continue to pursue companies who violate our telemarketing and phone solicitation laws,” Koster said. “Missourians subscribe to our No-Call List to avoid being harassed by telemarketers. The law is clear, and I want Missouri citizens to know that this office will aggressively enforce the law.”
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up for Do-Not-Call and can file a complaint about receiving harassing solicitation calls on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-BUZZOFF (1-866-289-9633).