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*NEWS*CANADA:TONER BOILER ROOM BUSTED !

 user 2007-08-20 at 11:05:00 am Views: 60
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    Competition Bureau Canada: Toner and Ink-Jet Telemarketing Operation Fined Over $800,000
    TORONTO,
    ONTARIO–Aug. 2007 – The Competition Bureau announced today that a
    Toronto telemarketing operation working under the names Business Supply
    Centre and National Supply Centre (company 1462986 Ontario Inc) has
    been fined $804,308 for its role in a deceptive telemarketing scam that
    sold toner to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, churches,
    schools and government agencies across Canada.”Deceptive telemarketing
    scams have a negative impact on organizations, competition and the
    Canadian economy,” said Andrea Rosen, Acting Deputy Commissioner of the
    Competition Bureau. “The Bureau is committed to combatting this
    criminal activity and encourages organizations to report any incidents
    to PhoneBusters (http://www.phonebusters.com/), Canada’s national
    anti-fraud call centre.”

    This represents the Competition
    Bureau’s fourth conviction relating to deceptive telemarketing this
    year, with total fines reaching $3,354,308.Andrew James Wilson, the
    registered Director of the company, pleaded guilty on behalf of himself
    and the company to contraventions of the telemarketing provisions of
    the Competition Act. The Ontario Court of Justice handed Wilson a
    15-month conditional sentence, and both Wilson and the company are
    prohibited from engaging in any form of telemarketing for a period of
    10 years. The scam generated over $4-million in revenues during a
    six-year period.Telemarketers convinced victims to pay exorbitant
    prices for refilled and remanufactured cartridges by creating the
    impression that they were representing the victims’ regular suppliers
    of toner and/or ink-jet cartridges, and by making false statements
    regarding price increases and discounts that created the illusion of
    cost savings.Throughout its investigation, the Bureau worked with The
    Toronto Strategic Partnership. Members include the Toronto Police
    Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, the Ontario Ministry
    of Government Services, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S.
    Postal Inspection Service, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, as well as
    the Competition Bureau. The Competition Bureau is a member of five
    international law enforcement partnerships, all of which are dedicated
    to combatting mass marketing fraud.The Competition Bureau is an
    independent law enforcement agency that promotes and maintains fair
    competition so that all Canadians can benefit from competitive prices,
    product choice and quality services. It oversees the application of the
    Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Textile
    Labelling Act and the Precious Metals Marking Act.