This news must have slipped right past me last month… but now that I think about it, I can’t recall getting any of these annoying pre-recorded calls lately.
A new FTC rule bans robo calls unless the telemarketer has obtained permission, in writing, that the call’s recipient wants to receive the messages.
Telemarketers who violate the new rule face penalties of up to $16,000 per call.
The ban only applies to calls trying to sell or interest consumers in the sale of goods or services. Informationals calls are still allowed (like your kid’s school letting you know about a closure or an airline letting you know about a delayed flight).
Other calls not covered by the new ban are calls from politicians, banks, telephone carriers, and most charitable organizations.
If you receive any prerecorded telemarketing calls but have not agreed to get them, file a complaint with the Commission, either on the donotcall.gov Web site or by calling 1-888-382-1222.