If you are a victim of telemarketing harassment, you should seek out the advice of an experienced NYC telemarketing attorney.
In the state of New York, there are specific laws regarding the legality of making calls to citizens. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), enacted in 1991, is a federal act designed to prevent automated and unsolicited calls from telemarketers to your home residential line, business or even cell phone.
The reason why the law was put in place is due to the number of telemarketers making harassing calls to individuals for the purpose of collecting debts.
Each time you receive a robocall or a pre-recorded voice call from a solicitor or bill collector, they could face fines of up to $1,500 per call.
What is outlawed under the TCPA?
Pre-recorded or artificial calls without prior consent to pagers, cell phones or other charged service.
Voice mails, pre-recorded or artificial calls to residential phones without prior consent.
Unsolicited advertisements or letters to fax machines without prior relationship.
Making unsolicited calls to individuals or businesses already on the “Do not call” list.
Calling outside the time frame of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Dialing systems calling 2 or more lines at the same time.
In many cases, these types of calls tie up business lines, hospital phones and other lines, which can cause problems. In some cases, some solicitors claim that they have permission to send communications because you gave them your phone number. If this is the case, you may still opt out of the calling. The do not call list prohibits these calls if you sign up for it.
If you are receiving these types of calls and it is disrupting your life, get in contact with an attorney as soon as possible. They can advice you on your next course of action.
Additionally, here are some steps which should be taken if you receive these calls:
Answer the calls as much as possible so they will show up on your phone bill.
You can Google the phone number to get information about who is calling you. It is a good idea to take a screen shot, showing the time and date of the call.
Keep all voice messages from your cell phone and residential phone.
You also have the ability to revoke consent if you previously granted it. Put all of the information in a letter then send it and get a certified copy as proof it was sent.
Remember, the law is on your side. If you are tired of these calls, you have a means of fighting back; call Morgan Legal Group PC today.