Vermont Telemarketing Fraud Laws
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Virginia telemarketing fraud laws help ease any telephonic shopping anxiety that citizens of the Green Mountain State may be experiencing. Through mandatory registries, Vermont aims to eliminate all unfair and deceptive telemarketing transactions. This is a quick summary of the telemarketing fraud laws in Vermont.
Avoiding Vermont Telemarketing Fraud Laws
All telemarketers that make calls to Vermont telephone numbers must register with the Secretary of State. If a telemarketer fails to register but still makes telemarketing phone calls, the telemarketer violates Vermont telemarketing fraud laws and is presumed to be performing unfair or deceptive acts in commerce.
The following table outlines the specifics of Vermont telemarketing fraud laws.
9 V.S.A. §2462: Telemarketing Transactions
9 V.S.A. §2462a: Prohibited Telephone Solicitation
9 V.S.A. §2462b: Registration of Telemarketers
Under Vermont telemarketing fraud laws, a telemarketer may not make a telephone solicitation to a telephone number in Vermont without having first registered with the Office of the Secretary of State. Also, any telephone calls by registered telemarketer to a telephone number in Vermont that is on the FTC Do Not Call list is prohibited.
Plus, telemarketers may not:
Telemarketers that violate Vermont telemarketing fraud laws face penalties of up to 18 months in prison, a fine up to $10,000, or both. Each telephone call shall constitute a separate solicitation under this section.
Affirmative Defense:Telemarketing companies with five or fewer employees may avoid criminal liability if they did not know and did not consciously avoid knowing Vermont's requirement of registration of telemarketers.
Violators of Vermont telemarketing fraud laws may also face law suits from the people that they call. In civil cases, callers my bring an action for damages, injunctive relief, and reasonable costs and attorney's fees.
Every telemarketer must register with the Secretary of State on a form approved by the Secretary. The Secretary of State collects the following fees when a registration form is delivered to the Office of the Secretary of State:
If you have been accused of violating telemarketing fraud laws and would like further legal assistance, you can contact a Vermont criminal defense lawyer through FindLaw. Visit FindLaw’s sections on telemarketing fraud and other fraud and finance crimes for more articles and information on this topic.
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