Some people think it’s acceptable for a telemarketer or debt collector to contact you on your cell phone. Well, a lot of times it’s not. In fact, sometimes it isn’t even legal.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), passed by the U.S. Congress in 1991, is a federal statute that allows people to file lawsuits and collect damages for receiving the following unsolicited forms of telemarketing:
- Telephone Calls
- Text Messages
- Pre-Recorded Calls
- Autodialed Calls
The TCPA offers certain damages in situations where a person has been harassed by unsolicited telephone calls, faxes, or text messages from telemarketers. There are plenty of ways a telemarketer can violate the statute. For each violation, the recipient of the telephone call, fax or text message is entitled to a minimum of $500.00. If a TCPA violation was committed knowingly and willfully, the statutory damages can be anywhere between $500.00 and $1,500.00.
If you received text message spam or robocalls to your cell phone, you may be entitled to up to $500 for each robocall and robotext you received. It’s illegal for companies to make auto-dialed, pre-recorded calls or to send junk text messages to your cell phone unless you have given them your consent.
If you are experiencing any of the actions mentioned, you have options. Take action and stop being harassed by telemarketers, SMS text message marketers, debt collectors, credit card companies, telephone solicitors, banks, or other businesses. If the company used an automatic dialing system or prerecorded message to contact you, then we want to help you file a legitimate TCPA claim and protect your rights.
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