A Huntington Beach, California man who was promoting his loan modification website via mass text-spamming is now facing an FTC complaint, frozen assets and a permanent injunction to prevent him from texting to promote his business ever again. The man, Phillip A. Flora, sent out more than 5 million illegal text messages was soliciting phone numbers and promoting a website called loanmodgov.net. The website was designed to look like an official government site and the content of the site and the text messages were “designed to trick consumers into believing they were affiliated with the U.S. government,” the complaint said. The text messages were further problematic because many recipients had to pay fees to mobile carriers for the spam. Flora also sold all contact information – even cease and desist requests – as “debt settlement leads.”
Flora failed to offer recipients a way to opt out of messages and did not list a physical mailing address for the sender.
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