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Restraining order targets telemarketers

A restraining order to stop Nevada-based telemarketing firms from making allegedly deceptive auto warranty calls in the state was issued Friday by Fayette Circuit Judge Kim Bunnell.

The restraining order against SVM Inc. and Fortress Secured Inc., and their principal owner, Mike Bruce Moneymaker, was issued at the request of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, the attorney general's office said.

"With this action, we have put other telemarketing companies trying to deceive consumers on notice that this type of harassment and disregard for the law will not be tolerated," Conway said.

On Thursday, Conway filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Moneymaker and his businesses for allegedly making deceptive auto warranty calls to Kentuckians who are on the "Do Not Call" list. The complaint alleges that individuals in Fayette County and at least eight other counties received the auto warranty calls, and that the telemarketers failed to properly register with the consumer protection division of the attorney general's office or to obtain a state-required bond.

Conway's office has received more than 400 complaints about auto warranty calls over the past 90 days. A multi-state investigation concerning such calls is under way. Kentucky is participating in that investigation.

Kentuckians may sign up for the "No Call" list by calling 1-888-382-1222 or going to the Web site www.nocall.ky.gov.

Calls from companies with whom a consumer has an established business relationship or has provided consent to call, charitable solicitors and persons conducting surveys are not prohibited under the Do Not Call law.

To report a No Call violation, call the consumer protection division at (866) 877-7867 and request a complaint form or file a written complaint online at www.nocall.ky.gov.

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