Consumers Fed Up with Robocalls Are Taking Legal Action
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many consumers are ticked off by telemarketers making unwanted calls. They’re the fastest growing type of complaint, according to consumer protection offices around the country.
Despite the National Do Not Call Registry and strict rules about robocalls, unwanted telemarketing is still a big nuisance for cellphone users.
“We are all bombarded,” says consumer protection attorney Billy Howard. “There are hundreds of thousands of people that are going through this exact same thing and they just don’t know their rights.”
Unwanted robocalls to cellphones are illegal under federal law — and companies that place them can be sued.
“It’s a $500 minimum violation to every single unwanted call to your cellphone,” Howard says.
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