'Robocall' Ban Starts Tuesday

telephoneI am happier than a clam. Do you ever get annoying telemarketer calls (even when you are on the ‘No-Call’ list?) You know – the computer generated ones where there is no live person to talk to so there is no way to ask them to remove you!?!?!

Check this out!

Many of those annoying prerecorded telemarketing calls will be history starting Sept. 1. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it is banning these “robocalls” to consumers, unless the telemarketer has written permission from a customer that he or she wants to receive these calls. Violaters will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call.

“American consumers have made it crystal clear that few things annoy them more than the billions of commercial telemarketing robocalls they receive every year,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “Starting September 1, this bombardment of prerecorded pitches, senseless solicitations, and malicious marketing will be illegal. If consumers think they’re being harassed by robocallers, they need to let us know, and we will go after them.”

The ban does not apply to recorded informational messages such as those that notify people about flight cancellations or school delays.

After September 1, consumers who receive prerecorded telemarketing calls but have not agreed to get them should file a complaint with the Commission, either on the ftc.gov Web site or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.

It’s about time!! :)

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