Consumers Duped By Telemarketing Debt Collection Scheme Will Soon See Refund Payment

The Federal Trade Commission has begun mailing checks totaling over $830,000 to almost 3,500 consumers who fell victim to a telemarketing debt collection scheme targeting Spanish-speaking consumers for payment of bogus debts. Centro Natural Corp, Sumore LLC, and several individuals operated a telemarketing debt collection scam that used international callers who claimed to be government officials and threatened consumers who refused to pay with arrest, legal actions, and immigration investigations. The telemarketers also pressured consumers into paying for unwanted products by telling the consumer the products would settle their debts.