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Federal Trade Commission sues Florida companies for robocall scam

Florida is again at the center of a robocall controversy, and this time the state has caught the eye of the Federal Trade Commission.

The federal regulator filed a lawsuit this week against PointBreak Media, a Boca Raton-based network of companies that are accused of posing as Google and charging small businesses to prevent them from being de-indexed from Google — a process which they have no control over.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants charged small business owners between $300 and $700 for a service that they falsely said would prevent a business from being removed from Google or "pushed so far down the search engine that no one will find you." The complaint alleged that Point Break’s telemarketers also falsely claimed to offer businesses a list of keywords that no other business will be able to use.

Related coverage: Florida ranks No. 3 for most received, sent robocalls in March>

Florida is no stranger to robocall scams. The state ranked No. 3 for both the most robocalls made and received in March. According to the YouMail Robocall Index Snapshot, Tampa Bay ranked No. 17 for cities with the most robocalls, joining four other Florida cities in the top 50.

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