Most people are completely unaware of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Telemarketers and creditors are not allowed call your cell phone without prior permission. Yet, it happens all the time to thousands of people. What starts as a minor nuisance can quickly escalate into constant threats and harassment. Because many people do not know about the law, they don’t know how to stop the abuse. Fortunately, there are solutions. The first is to notify an attorney that can protect your rights and interests. The Arizona, California, D.C., Indiana, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin consumer protection rights attorneys who are part of the Law Zebra Network* have the knowledge, experience and legal resources to protect consumers from telephone harassment and help them go on with their lives.
How the Telephone Consumer Protection Act protects you
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act places restrictions on telemarketers and other solicitors on who they can call and how often. The TCPA does not just affect phones, it also limits the use of automated dialing systems in regards to pre-recorded or artificial voice messages, faxes and text messages. Each phone call, fax or text message is subjected to fines ranging from $500 to $1,500. When you add up all of these violations, it can bring severe consequences to these unethical companies. Many states have their own laws that also fine violators. That means companies that violate the TCPA may have to pay additional fines.
What if I receive a phone call or text from a telemarketer on my cell phone?
Just about everybody with a cell phone has received a phone call or text from a telemarketer. Most people simply ignore them. If everyone ignores the law that prevents them from calling, then the law will eventually be lost. They must have your permission to make any kind of contact. Fortunately, there are ways to put a stop to these annoying and harassing calls and texts. Here are some important steps to take.
- Simply notify the telemarketer or spammer and explain they do not have permission to contact your phone.
- Make complete records of each call or text by writing down the date and time of each call. Also document the date and time of your request to stop all calls and texts.
- Take a screenshot of the illegal call or text and contact a consumer protection rights attorney.
How a TCPA Attorney can help
Whether you have received cell phone spam or constantly harassed by creditors that have obtained your cell phone number without consent, it is important to seek representation from a lawyer that can help. The Arizona, California, D.C., Indiana, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin consumer rights protection attorneys who are part of the Law Zebra Network can help. Our network of legal professionals have successfully represented countless men and women by protecting the rights and interest of each client and going after businesses that blatantly violate consumer laws. We utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position for success. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.