The company directed the consumers to a website that tricked them into disclosing their bank account information and other sensitive financial information, according to the FTC.
In addition to the alleged fraud, the telemarketers called numbers on the Do Not Call list, the FTC said.
“When the Federal Trade Commission returns money to consumers who have been ripped off, it doesn’t use robocalls, and it certainly doesn’t ask them to provide personal financial information,” David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “To anyone hell-bent on breaking the law by making illegal robocalls, transmitting phony Caller ID information, or impersonating a federal agency, we have two words for you: Stop now. The real Federal Trade Commission will come after you."