Kansas has a number of laws that protect consumers from telemarketing fraud. Telemarketing fraud occurs when people or businesses make false or misleading statements or promises over the phone in exchange for cash or some other thing of value.
Kansas Consumer Protection Act
The Kansas Consumer Protection Act prohibits deceptive and unconscionable trade practices in the sale, lease, or advertisement of a product or service. Telemarketing fraud is considered a deceptive or unconscionable trade practice and falls under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Federal "Do Not Call" Registry
Kansas does not have its own "do not call" list but the Attorney General has encouraged residents to sign up for the federal "Do Not Call" registry. A telemarketer can't call any person on the list more than 30 days after the person has registered. A violation is considered an unconscionable act or practice prohibited by the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Additionally, under Kansas' "No Call Act" it is also illegal for a telemarketer to continue with a solication after receiving a negative response from a consumer, use an automated dialing-announcing device, or withhold their number from a caller identification service. The following is a quick summary of Kansas telemarketing fraud laws.
Kansas Telemarketing Fraud Laws
The following table outlines telemarketing fraud laws in Kansas.
|What is Prohibited?||
Deceptive Acts and Practices:
Some examples of deceptive acts and practices include:
Unconscionable Acts and Practices:
Some examples of unconscionable acts and practices include transactions where:
There are also various restrictions on prize notifications. For example, a telemarketer who represents that a person has been selected or may be eligible to receive a prize cannot request or accept payment or imply that payment is required imply before the individual receives a written prize notice.
Criminal and civil penalties including fines, injunctions, restraining orders, individual damages, and reasonable attorney's fees.
The corporation may also be dissolved and/or licenses, permits, or certificates of the company or person revoked or suspended.
The Attorney General or district or county attorney may also seek a penalty of $10,000 for each violation of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and impose a penalty of $20,000 for each violation of a court order such as an injunction or restraining order.
|Enforcement||Attorney General or district or county attorney.|
|Do Not Call Registry||Telemarketers are prevented from calling a person who has been on the federal Do Not Call registry for 30 days.|
Federal Protections against Telemarketing Fraud
The FCC, FTC, and U.S. Department of Justice enforce federal telemarketing laws, violations of the National "Do Not Call" Registry, and deceptive business practices, including:
If you feel you have been victimized by a telemarketing scam, you may contact any of the following for assistance:
Telemarketing fraud and the laws prohibiting it can be complicated. You may want to contact a Kansas consumer protection attorney for questions about your specific situation.
Contact a qualified attorney.