Out-of-state companies fined for violating Kansas No-Call Act

TOPEKA –Two out-of-state companies have been fined a total of more than $100,000 for violating the Kansas No-Call Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced Tuesday.

“A great many Kansas citizens have chosen privacy when it comes to telephone solicitors,” Schmidt said. “We take seriously violations of the No-Call Act and we vigorously enforce the law against those who ignore it.”

Bene-Fit Health Products Inc., of Kingsland, Ga., was ordered to pay the state $81,500 in penalties and fees for violations of the No-Call Act. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating the company after receiving complaints in August and September 2012 that the company had solicited Kansans by telephone, marketing health seminars and wellness products. Some of the Kansas consumers who were called were on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Vacations Digest LLC, of Orlando, Fla., was ordered to pay the state $21,500 in penalties and fees for violations of the No-Call Act. The Attorney General’s Office determined that the company called Kansas consumers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry offering to assist consumers in selling or renting their unused timeshares.

The Kansas Attorney General’s office is responsible for enforcing the Kansas No-Call Act. This act prohibits most businesses from calling consumers registered on the do-not-call list to sell a product or service. Organizations soliciting charitable donations, calls concerning political candidates or issues, or other calls unrelated to the sale of property or services do not fall within the scope of the Kansas No-Call Act.

Kansans who wish to place telephone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry can call 1-888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov.

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