MEMPHIS (WMC-TV) - They don't even use live people.
I'm talking about telemarketers. Now they just use auto-dialers to "robocall" you with endless, annoying, pre-recorded messages that hound your phone or fill up your voice mail.
Starting Sept. 1, telemarketing "robocalls" are illegal. The federal government has banned the use of the pre-recorded, unsolicited calls unless a consumer has provided written permission to the telemarketer.
But like any regulation, there's a flip-side. A bad flip-side.
The federal ban exempts banks, phone companies, schools (so they can still contact parents with closings, health alerts, etc.), airlines/travel sites (so they can still send robocalls alerting you about flight cancellations, etc.) and ...wait for it...POLITICIANS.
That means you will continue to get those stupid, pre-recorded messages from federal, state and local political parties and candidates, asking you to vote for them. Getting one of those robocalls is a reason not to vote for them!
If you receive a robocall from an entity that is not exempt from the ban, you should report the call to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-888-382-1222 or https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx?panel=2. If you are not already registered on the National Do Not Call list, you will likely have to register.
For the commission's complete details on the robocall ban, click here:
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