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March 12, 2013

Feds Stop Brooklyn Company From Using Deception, Threats, And Intimidation To Rip Off Elderly Consumers

FTC logo"The defendants charged in the case are Instant Response Systems, LLC, also doing business as Response Systems, B.B. Mercantile, Ltd., Medical Alert Industrial, and Medical Alert Services; and Jason Abraham, also known as Yaakov Abraham, individually and as an officer of Instant Response Systems.  Abraham was previously sued by the FTC in 2003 for selling international “drivers’ licenses” and phony university diplomas."

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) press release:

FTC Action Halts Brooklyn Company from Using Deception, Threats, and Intimidation to Trick Elderly Consumers Into Paying for Unordered Medical Alert Devices

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court has temporarily shut down a Brooklyn, New York-based operation that the allegedly used deception, threats, and intimidation to induce elderly consumers to pay for medical alert systems they neither ordered nor wanted.

In its complaint, the FTC charges that telemarketers for Instant Response Systems call elderly consumers – many of whom are in poor health and rely on others for help with managing their finances – and try to pressure them into buying a medical alert service that consists of a pendant that supposedly allows them to get help during emergencies.  In numerous instances, Instant Response Systems allegedly has falsely claimed during sales calls that consumers who did not order the medical alert service have, in fact, bought the service and owe the company money -- often hundreds of dollars.

The company also allegedly has shipped bogus invoices and unordered medical alert pendants to consumers without their consent, has repeatedly threatened consumers with legal action in order to induce and coerce payment, and has subjected them to verbal abuse.  In addition, the FTC contends that Instant Response Systems has illegally made numerous unsolicited calls to consumers whose phone numbers are listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.

According to the FTC’s complaint, consumers who tried to contact the company to dispute the false charges or find out how to return unopened packages often were unable to reach anyone.  If they did reach a representative, they allegedly faced threats, verbal abuse, and demands that they pay for the product.

Based on this alleged conduct, the FTC charged the company and its principals with making illegal misrepresentations to consumers, violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule by calling phone numbers on the DNC Registry, and violating the Unordered Merchandise Statute by sending consumers pendants they did not order.

The defendants charged in the case are Instant Response Systems, LLC, also doing business as Response Systems, B.B. Mercantile, Ltd., Medical Alert Industrial, and Medical Alert Services; and Jason Abraham, also known as Yaakov Abraham, individually and as an officer of Instant Response Systems.  Abraham was previously sued by the FTC in 2003 for selling international “drivers’ licenses” and phony university diplomas.

The Commission vote approving the complaint was 5-0, with former Chairman Jon Leibowitz and former Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch participating.  It was filed under seal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn Division, on February 25, 2013, and the seal was lifted on March 7, 2013.

The FTC appreciates the assistance of the New York State Office of the Attorney General in helping to investigate and bring this case.

NOTE:  The Commission authorizes the filing of a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest.  The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law.  The case will be decided by the court.

The official complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn as a PDF file:

Download FTC v. Instant Response Systems, Jason Yaakov Abraham

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a real tzadiuk, one can see that because he was the only person named and did not mosser on others. A true tzaddiuk we need more like him

"I've fallen, and I can't get my pledge up."


I wonder if they told the victims that if they didn't pay up immediately, the company could turn off their pacemakers and oxygen remotely?

So when ever you see a Jewish sounding name accused of a crime you "report" it?
Where do you get the info from,Stormfront?

"a real tzadiuk, one can see that because he was the only person named and did not mosser on others. A true tzaddiuk we need more like him "

Seymour:

LOL... good one !

Luke.

Yeah, James, like there are a lot of Yaakov Abraham's in Brooklyn that are gentile.

James, Jewish sounding??? The complaint lists a Hebrew name and I guess the addresses is also not a clue as to the religion of the person has allegedly committed these violation.... Take your head out of the sand.

I did not say Abraham is non Jewish.
I just asked if Rosenberg goes to Stormfront, which is an anti semitic web site ala Rosenbergs, and gets all his information.
What they do is post any Jewish sounding name accused of commiting a crime.

Btw, if we are going to post alleged crimes, did you know Rosenbergs own grandfather was a real mobster?
Now his skunk grandson is the big preacher

James:

For the sake of brevity I'll just copy my post from another article.

Their assaults are primarily "fact" baseless. Their assaults consist of personal attacks with the most salacious and lewd content in an attempt to neuter the recipient. It is horrid but it is all they have. We in turn have an intellectual bent that they do not. We can achieve so much more with less effort than they can. So who ultimately wears out?

Luke.

I have that "bunch of men in black sitting around a computer screen" feeling again. :)

Luke.

james--Eat youre heart out, you puny brained automaton.

Luke
I don't get what you are trying to say.
Are you trying to say that posting every crime a Chareidi INDIVIDUAL is accused of is an "intellectual" pursuit?
Are you trying to say that if you post crimes that Chareidi individuals have been accused of you are able to imply that ALL CHAREDI'S are criminals?
If you are, you may actually be a member of Stormfront and its affiliates who use the same tactic that Rosenberg does to try and color all jews based on individual crimes

Janci
You are hands down the dumbest most boring poster here, with your own bunch of "groupies" who mock your stupidity.
Don't bother me.

James:

1. "I don't get what you are trying to say."

For that I am truly, truly sorry.

2."Are you trying to say that posting every crime a Chareidi INDIVIDUAL is accused of is an "intellectual" pursuit?"

Nope, not at all, but then again neither is this,

"own grandfather was a real mobster? Now his skunk grandson is the big preacher"

3."Are you trying to say that if you post crimes that Chareidi individuals have been accused of you are able to imply that ALL CHAREDI'S are criminals?"

I have no clue how this is germane to what was posted or where your logic is based in making this assertion. I suggest a re-read, possibly?

4. "If you are, you may actually be a member of Stormfront and its affiliates who use the same tactic that Rosenberg does to try and color all jews based on individual crimes"

See # 3 above.

It's been a pleasure.

Luke.

Luke
You sound like you are a member of the hated "know-it-all" group.Are you, or are you just a run of the mill arrogant ass hole?

For what it's worth, and bear in mind it may be difficult for you to understand, posting the alleged crime of someone who's affiliation, if it mattered, we don't even know, is no different than what Stormfront does.But than again maybe you are affiliated with Stormfront, so in that case you may feel that you are being complimented.In that case be my guest.

The more you repress a person the more they strike out against that repression,the chareidim who hold themselfs as the overlords of the jewish religion are anything but religious, there are more crooks among them then among the nonreligious jews, and more molesters, it all has to do with repression this site is bringing that fact out in the open,and if someone doesnt like that then he should not come here.

Janci
Anyone who has managed to read your infantile comments know your are an imbecile.Why do you find the need to prove it.Again and again. Silly tochus trenner

James:

They must be some really potent mushrooms man. Just be sure you are in a safe place. Also, your fascination with Stormfront is creepy at best.

"You sound like you are a member of the hated "know-it-all" group" <---[Juvenile at best.]

Wow, never heard of them. Do they have tee shirts?

"Are you, or are you just a run of the mill arrogant ass hole?"

No to that. Run of the mill hardly describes me. However, that moniker, I will leave to you.

"For what it's worth, and bear in mind it may be difficult for you to understand, posting the alleged crime of someone who's affiliation, if it mattered, we don't even know, is no different than what Stormfront does."

The only thing I find difficult to understand is this sentence ! I think your translator APP needs updating. And again, you "gotta" get that Stormfront thing in check. But to really sum it up, I'll just say, I questions its worth and end it there.

Luke.

Luke,
Why are creeped out by the Stormfront affiliation?
Oh,and about what type of ass hole you are?
Sounds like just run of the mill...

James, etal:

"Why are creeped out by the Stormfront affiliation?"

First there is a subject missing in that sentence but anyway. Not affiliation, your obsession.

"Oh,and about what type of ass hole you are?
Sounds like just run of the mill..."

Back to ignorance 101, I repeat:

Their assaults consist of personal attacks with the most salacious and lewd content in an attempt to neuter the recipient. It is horrid but it is all they have. We in turn have an intellectual bent that they do not. We can achieve so much more with less effort than they can. So who ultimately wears out?

Thank you for proofing out my previous statement. Now, I think it is time for you and the others to surf some porn and have a circle jerk. You know, give the collective brain trust a rest. :)

Luke.

Luke
Why do you sign your name at the bottom of every comment.Do you like to see your name as many times as possible?

Jancsibasci,why aren't you in yeshiva today? does your mother know that you are wasting your life on this jew hating sewer website?
if you realy are an atheist,and don't believe in judaism,then why do you let your parents waste their money on your tuition,tell them to send you to public school
all your protesting that you are a 60 yr old fool,is not going to help you ,because we all know the obvious truth,you are nothing but a young chasidic punk who is trying to sound like a sophisticated OIFGEKLERTE intellectual,but believe me your stupid ignorance comes across loud and clear

james-It takes an imbacile to know an imbacile, i suggest you go and hang youreself on the highest nearest tree to you.

i-m-b-a-c-i-l-e??
You dumb toches trenner

Jancsibasci,why arent you in yeshiva today? does your mother know that you are wasting your life on this jew hating sewer website?

if you realy are an atheist,and dont believe in judaism,then why do you let your parents waste their money on your tuition,tell them to send you to public school all your protesting that you are a 60 yr old fool,is not going to help you ,because we all know the obvious truth,you are nothing but a young chasidic punk who is trying to sound like a sophisticated OIFGEKLERTE intellectual,but believe me your stupid ignorance comes across loud and clear

Actually, youre a near-illiterate who foams at the mouth and almost never makes any logical sense at all. And you know what, idiot? Janci is much older than you and much older than me, and English is his fourth or fifth language.

Now look at your illiterate ranting. Its pathetic. And English is your first language, no less.

Youre just another shining example of Mendel Schneersons failed school system.

Why is everyone so sure about the number of languages the Janci ass knows?
He does not know English for sure.Maybe he speaks pidgin Hungarian well....

Wow, now their playing doubles. Serve!

Luke.

Luke
You done surfing the web for crimes by Jewish sounding names to dual post on Stormfront/Failedmessiah?

james-Youre a degenerate lowlife,if you cant express youreself like a civilized human being then you are a mindless moron.

James, etal:

"You done surfing the web for crimes by Jewish sounding names to dual post on Stormfront/Failedmessiah?"

No need to surf the web James, you just need to open up the newspaper and on an almost daily basis, voila. Any of them related?

Now go back and surf with the boys. :)

Luke.

Janci
You are a dumb tochas trenner

So Luke you agree that Chareidim/jews are terrible people, right?The newspapers are full of their "crimes", right? Jewish/Chareidi neiborhoods are the highest crime in New York, right?The Sturmer also thought so
Stormfront and Rosenberg think so.So does the Janci ass.

If you idiots are done, can we get back to the post?

I am shocked that the FTC did anything at all. I don't believe they initiated it. I think NYS got them involved.

Thoughts?

James:

"So Luke you agree that Chareidim/jews are terrible people, right?The newspapers are full of their "crimes", right? Jewish/Chareidi neiborhoods are the highest crime in New York, right?The Sturmer also thought so
Stormfront and Rosenberg think so. So does the Janci ass."

No, no, and no, respectively, for the first three. I just do not know where your assertion about what I think comes from. Oh that's right, you function on edicts from above.

As to #4, I do not know the "Sturmer" nor do I or would I frequent Stormfront. So I have to rely on you and the guys. How many of you are there anyway? Hopefully you have a wide screen.

As to Mr. Rosenberg and Janci, they can speak for themselves.

Your name calling is very becoming to your public persona. However, you do seem to have an anal and Stormfront fixation. I believe they make videos that could help satisfy your interest.

Luke.

"f you idiots are done, can we get back to the post?

I am shocked that the FTC did anything at all. I don't believe they initiated it. I think NYS got them involved.

Thoughts?"

dh:

This idiot is done :) I believe that the FTC got involved because he was selling across state lines.

Luke.

James, Yossi Gestetner needs to solicit someone else to post for him.

Devorah:

Like minded :) He should at least use the guy who ghost writes his blog articles.

Luke.

All:

Boom! East Ramapo school board expected to appoint new members tonight.

This should be rich.

Luke.

Luke,Devorah et al
Still trying to understand what the current post is trying to prove.
What we have is a Jewish sounding individual from Brooklyn who is alleged to have broken the law.We don't know if he is Chareidi or not
Why does Rosenberg who lives in St Paul Minnesota "report" about this? Does he report all the crimes commited in Brooklyn?
Obviously not, right?
The reason he has "reported" this is because he has profiled this individual based on his name and residence as being Orthodox.What he is trying to do is through implication , tar the Orthodox as being criminals,right??
If so what is the difference between Rosenberg and Stormfront and it's affiliates who also report alljewish "crimes", whether they are jewish or not, actually.
Basically Rosenberg is an anti semite in other words.The Kapo type.So is Luke.
I don't discuss Janci because he is a fool beneath contempt.

james-Hey brain damaged idiot you dont discuss jancsi but you mention him as a fool ,you degenerate sicko,i told you go and hang youreself on the nearest hightest tree.

James, you asshole,

This story was on the evening news here in the NYC area a few nights ago, and a reporter chased down your friend Mr. Abraham, and guess what? He wears a yarmulke, has a beard and peyos, and wears a long black frock, and speaks with the goofy frum sing-song accent.

And so, yes indeed, the perpetrator is as frum as frum can be!

Of course, he is no stranger to scams and criminality, and surprise, he has an address in Mea Shearim:

http://www.ftc.gov/os/2003/02/mvslamdcmp.htm

http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/telemarketer
-that-aimed-at-the-elderly-is-shut-down/?src=twr

James"" why do you even bother answering this criminaly insane "jancsibaci,i happen to know for a fact,that this snot nose punk
is a chasidic teenage punk learning in a yeshiva,a wannabe of the derech idiot,who feels very important when parroting shmaryah's antisemitic garbage

James, etal: <---[Meaning all the men in black sitting behind the computer screen.]

Stormfront and anal fixation, and now add anti-semite? Hmmmm, there are definitely videos to fulfill your fantasies. I guess you will be spilling seed tonight.

Thank you WoolSilkCotton. I was going to post similar links this afternoon but I was enjoying riling the "circle jerk" team just a little bit more.

Luke.

Yossi's Posse.

B"H

James is 100% right.
If this was a website that targeted crimes of black people we would all recognize it as racist.
But somehow its ok to target frum jews for ridicule as if they are only onesto ver do anything not 100% correct.

dh:

Agreed. Seems our man Yossi G. didn't make the final School Board cut so I guess we will still have him here. Woo Hoo !

Luke.

>>"James is 100% right.
If this was a website that targeted crimes of black people we would all recognize it as racist.
But somehow its ok to target frum jews for ridicule as if they are only onesto ver do anything not 100% correct.

Posted by: simple jew | March 12, 2013 at 08:45 PM "<<

Simpleton,

If a white person were chronicling black crime, the odds are, you would be correct. Very few white people could do that even when well-intentioned.

But if a Black person was chronicling Black crime, that would not be the case at all. In fact, it would be something many Crown heights Jews would support, and something many Blacks would support.

What your very inadequate mind cannot process is that the first example carries with it a high chance of racism and the appearance of racism while the second is a whistleblower and does not have those negative connotations.

But sadly you're basically as dumb as a tree stump. And coupled with that you're completely intellectually dishonest and you're in a cult. You need to be deprogrammed and you need extensive mental health counseling – and chances are, you'll get neither.

Rosenberg,
Quit splitting hairs.You are an old fashioned anti semite, no different than Stormfront and their affiliates scouring the web to post dirt.Funny that with your family history you should be the preacher."The Al Capone of St Paul".Uhuh, your grandfather.Bootlegger and gambling king.
At the very least.

>>"Quit splitting hairs.You are an old fashioned anti semite, no different than Stormfront and their affiliates scouring the web to post dirt.Funny that with your family history you should be the preacher."The Al Capone of St Paul".Uhuh, your grandfather.Bootlegger and gambling king.
At the very least.

Posted by: james | March 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM"<<

Please.

I'm not "splitting hairs." You're just not very bright and you're not well-educated or honest.

Russians who published leaflets and newsletters exposing the crimes committed by the Soviet union weren't bigots, little man – they were whistleblowers.

In other words, the issue is the crime – not the messenger.

Because you're not very bright, I'll help you process that.

Exposing the crime isn't the problem – committing the crime is the problem, covering up the crime to protect the criminal is the problem, abusing the victims of the crime is the problem.

It's simple ethics, something you would have learned if you hadn't wasted your formative years in a Chabad yeshiva.

You probably don't and won't understand this, but outside of the haredi community, what I just wrote is well-understood.

You look like an idiot when you make these stupid attacks on me for reporting the crime in your community. And you look even dumber when you reach back a couple generations to try smear me with what an ancestor did.

Put in a simple way that someone as simple as you can grasp, was Yitzhak Avinu guilty because his grandfather, Abraham's father, was guilty?

Obviously not.

But you're frummer than God, and you blame Yitzhak's generation anyway.

Now toddle off.

Rosenberg
You are no whistleblower.Once a crime is being prosecuted by the authorities it's not whistleblowing.Your after the fact report has no input.What you want to do is besmirch and generalize.Make it seem that all the Orthodox are conniving thieves, because of the actions of individuals.Thats what Stormfront and it's affiliates do, that's what the Nazis did.
Anyone here remembers with what relish and obsession you went after the Rubashkins, AFTER, the man had been sentenced for 27 years, after by all reasonable accounts, the man had been sentenced to an adequate term.You still did not let up.
I challenge any objective observer to compare your site to any of the latter day Nazi sites and tell me if there is any major difference.
You are a sick, disgusting little kapo, with no friends besides feeble minded hacks like janci, and Mengele type doctors like Wool Cotton.
Now go scour the web for more dirt to copy and paste.
You called Ben Atlas psychotic on his expose of your mob connection and I say kudos to him for letting the readers get some insight into your backround.
From all acounts, your Al Capone grandfather though a gonif, was socially pleasant and very bright something which cannot be said about you

Were you born this stupid, Jimmy boy? Or did your Chabad yeshiva do this to you?

Process:

I've broken DOZENS of stories based on my own reporting. DOZENS.

I also report on ongoing crimes – like the continued coverups of child sexual abuse in your community, for example.

You don't like it. It bothers you.

Why?

Because it makes you and your family and your friends and your rabbis and dead rebbe look bad.

But that's not my problem – it's yours.

My job is to report the crime and to help prevent it.

My concern is primarily for the victims and the future victims.

Your concern is for your community's reputation.

Halakhicly, ethically and morally, concern for the victims and future victims comes first.

You should know that, but you don't.

Now toddle off, little man.

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