We’ve all received unwanted phone calls or texts from telemarketers. In fact, telemarketers often persist in contacting us even after we’ve asked them to stop. Sadly, many people believe that they are powerless to stop telemarketer harassment. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. What most people don’t realize is that there are strict laws and guidelines that telemarketers must follow, and violations are taken very seriously by authorities. Below is some information on the legal steps you can take to stop telemarketer harassment.
Register with the National Do Not Call Registry
In addition to instructing telemarketers to not contact you again, you can register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. Following registration, telemarketers are supposed to cease contacting you after 31 days. If you continue to receive calls after this initial 31-day period, you can file a complaint with the registry.
Submit a complaint
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the agency responsible for ensuring that companies don’t violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This is the primary law regulating the behavior of telemarketers. Since most unwanted calls from telemarketers violate the TCPA, you can report such behavior directly to the FCC.
Hire a Florida TCPA attorney
Finally, if you are a victim of telemarketer harassment, you should consider hiring a Florida TCPA attorney. With the assistance of an experienced Florida lawyer, you may be entitled to up to $1500 for each documented violation of the TCPA. Specifically, victims of telemarketer harassment may be compensated as follows:
- $500 for each violation of the Do Not Call Registry
- $500 for each violation of the TCPA
- $1500 for each knowing and willful violation of the TCPA
However, in order to receive compensation, it’s imperative that you document this behavior. For example, it’s a good idea to keep a written record of all unwanted contact after you instruct the telemarketer to stop calling you. Also, you should take screenshots of each unwanted call or text you receive. With this kind of information, your attorneys will be better equipped to fight for you.
Contact our experienced attorney today
Unsolicited contact from telemarketers is not only annoying—it’s against the law. Debt collection calls, advertisements, fraudulent schemes to swindle consumers out of money, identity theft scams, and calls seeking personal information are just a few calls that consumers are bombarded with. If you are a victim of this type of harassment, Seth Lehrman and the Edwards Pottinger team are here to help. Attorney Seth Lehrman represents people who receive unwanted calls or texts in TCPA cases in Florida and nationwide. If you receive unsolicited calls or experience other harassing behaviors by telemarketers, contact our law firm for a free consultation.