Those annoying telemarketing calls to your cellphone can now make you some money.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act now requires telemarketers to capture and store "prior express written consent" from you before using auto dialed, pre-recorded or text messages to contact you on your cell phone.
The increased protection gives you more muscle than a simple, "Please stop calling me."
When a telemarketer calls or texts your mobile device, all you have to say is, "Show me written proof that I gave you permission to call or text me."
If they can't produce documentation, you have the right to sue them directly with fines ranging from $500 to $15,000 per unsolicited call or message.
Now, it's going to require some work on your end. You'll have to file in small claims court or participate in a massive class action lawsuit.
So how do you do it? Often when you complain to a caller that you're on their "Do Not Call List" they hang up and you wouldn't even know who to sue.
So try this tactic. Instead of immediately asking for proof of permission, first ask for the name of the company calling and the name their call on behalf of. That information, plus the associated phone number should be enough to get you started.
Regardless of whether you take action against callers, the threat of scores of potential lawsuits should be enough to at least cut down on the unwanted calls you receive.
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