“Free Gift Card” Text Message Spammer Rentbro Brought Down by FCC

We’ve all received them. Those spam SMS messages that tell you that “Your entry in our drawing WON you a FREE $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter ‘312’ at www.target.com.tgrz.biz to claim it and we can ship it to you immediately!”, or something similar about a Walmart or Best Buy gift card. Now the scum behind that text message spam, Daniel Pessin and Jacob Engel, along with their shell company Rentbro, have been taken down by the Federal Communciations Commission (‘FCC’).

According to the FCC, Pessin and Engel sent out more than 42.5 million of such messages.

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Said FTC Midwest Region Director Steven Baker, “FTC action in cases like this one have dramatically reduced the amount of illegal text message spam, especially as it relates to bogus gift card offers. Not only are spam texts annoying and illegal, but they can also cost consumers money.”

This case is part of a concerted effort on the part of the FCC this year, involving 29 different defendants who are said to be responsible for the sending of over 180 million spam text messages.

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