For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: February 11, 2010

Wasden: World Web Must Stop Telemarketing in Idaho

(Boise) - World Web, a New York website design company that telephone solicited Idaho businesses has been stopped from telemarketing in Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

The settlement is the result of the Attorney General’s investigation of complaints received from Idaho businesses who received telephone solicitations from World Web Pages offering its website design services. The Idaho businesses claimed that World Web Pages did not obtain their consent to purchase a website, yet World Web Pages billed the Idaho businesses for monthly service fees. When the Idaho businesses attempted to cancel the unauthorized service, they were told that their accounts would be turned over to a collection agency.

“Idaho businesses should not be harassed by telemarketing companies offering a service and then threatening them with collection for a service they never purchased,” Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

The Attorney General’s Office alleged that World Web Pages violated the Idaho Telephone Solicitations Act, as well as the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. Telemarketers offering a service to individuals or businesses must be registered before soliciting in Idaho.

Without admitting any wrongdoing, World Web Pages agreed to immediately stop soliciting in Idaho. The company must register to telemarket before it may resume telephone soliciting in Idaho. The company also paid a $500 civil penalty and reimbursed the Attorney General Office for its fees and costs.

World Web Pages also canceled the accounts of the Idaho businesses that complained to the Attorney General. The settlement provides for a $20,000 civil penalty if the company fails to register and continues to call Idahoans.

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