The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says Americans are getting more robocalls than ever. Companies use autodialers to send out thousands of calls per minute. And they are audacious. The FTC recently asked a federal judge to shut down a robocall operation that allegedly impersonated the FTC to trick consumers to get them to give bank account information and other sensitive personal data.
Fact: If you haven’t given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, the call is illegal.
But the law exempts some callers. Charities and heathcare providers are allowed to continue to call you even if your number is on the Do Not Call list.
And that can be maddening. In our home, we don’t even pick up the phone when it rings. We have caller ID. We hear the name of the person, company or charity trying to reach us. We listen to the calls after the fact, and if we’re interested we call back. We rarely do.
In the meantime, there are companies and individuals that have figured out a way to beat the Do Not Call system. A medical alert system company is persistent. If you get calls from this company, and you are on the Do Not Call list, make sure that you report the calls.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ABOUT ROBOCALLS
If you get a call, hang up. Do not press any additional numbers. Do not give any information.
Report the call at www.donotcall.gov.
Make sure you’re number is listed on the FTC Do Not Call Registry