Federal Trade Commission v. National Sales Group, et al., 11 C 1230, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division

Defendants operated an internet “jobs site” from a telemarketing boiler room in Santa Barbara, California. National Sales Group described itself as a “recruiting firm,” but its real business model was to harvest job-seeker leads from multiple online sources and then drive those leads to the boiler room where 20+ telephone sales personnel offered and sold them various job-seeking services and materials, all under the guise that it somehow represented actual employers. We took over the Santa Barbara call room and, after confirming the deception at the core of the business, shut it down. We coordinated with FTC staff as they completed settlements and Consent Judgments with the defendants, which were entered on January 19, 2012.