Federal Trade Commission to ban most telemarketer robocalls

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Relief is just days away for many of us who keep getting those annoying telemarketing robocalls. Not all, but most of the pre-recorded calls will be banned by the Federal Trade Commission.

Such calls drive Valencia Tucker up the wall. Robo sales pitches at all hours of the day.

"I might get four of those calls a day and sometimes they're repeat calls," said Tucker of Richmond.

For things Valencia doesn't need or even cares to hear about. She has no idea how the telemarketers got her home number.

"I have not a clue I wish I knew so I could stop them," said Tucker.

"I have one I've been getting these calls for the past three years, it's really frustrating," said Bahar Mohaghehei.

The Federal Trade Commission is providing relief. On September 1, prerecorded commercial calls to consumers without written permission will be prohibited.

Telemarketers that break the rule face a hefty fine. The FTC has made several exceptions.

"What it doesn't stop are political messages, I think messages from banks, charities, non-profits raising money," said Better Business Bureau's Tom Gallagher.

Also permitted, calls to collect debt or to let you know your flight has been canceled or child's school is closed.

"Don't sign up for stuff but be very careful be sure you get your number go to the don't call list it's very easy to do," said Gallagher.

Tucker says telemarketers need not worry, if she needs something she'll reach out and touch someone.

"You're name is in the book I can call you up," said Tucker.

Telemarketers who don't follow the rule will be fined up to $16,000 per call. If you still get robocalls after September 1, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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