The Indiana Attorney General's Office reports Hoosiers should be wary of calls and door-to-door solicitors offering home security or alarm systems. Over 150 consumers from across the state recently filed complaints after receiving unwanted calls, including robocalls, offering home security systems. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says his office tracked the illegal out-of-state calls to the owner of Loyal Marketing, LLC, Justin Ramsey, and subsequently filed a state lawsuit. A Hamilton County Superior Court judge has awarded Indiana a Default Judgment against Ramsey which included over four-point-three million dollars in civil penalties after he failed to respond. Zoeller says the judgment is the second highest total amount awarded to the state in a case involving telephone privacy violations and his office will aggressively pursue what is owed.
In Indiana, most robocalls are illegal regardless of whether or not your number is registered on the Do Not Call list. Exceptions include calls from school districts to students, parents or employees and businesses advising employees of work schedules. Zoeller advised Hoosiers that legitimate telemarketers will not call those numbers registered on the state’s Do Not Call list and that those who are on the state’s protected list should treat any unsolicited call as a scam and hang-up immediately.
The next quarterly deadline to register for the Do Not Call list is Tuesday, Feb. 18. Consumers can register their residential landline, cell, VOIP or prepaid wireless numbers for free by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1.888.834.9969.
Individuals do not need to re-register unless their address has changed. Out-of-state area codes can also be added as long as the billing address is located in Indiana. Those consumers who are registered and receive an unwanted call can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com.