You’re in luck! Unless they’re politicians, banks or telephone companies.
And there’s nothing like an updated TSR to bring out the alliterative tendencies of FTC public relations staff. Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC, said today in a statement, “Starting September 1, this bombardment of prerecorded pitches, senseless solicitations, and malicious marketing will be illegal. If consumers think they’re being harassed by robocallers, they need to let us know, and we will go after them.”
Violators face fines of up to $16,000 per call.
We applaud the FTC for the move, but it’s hard to see it making much of a difference on the Orbiting HQ’s phone line. That’s because the FTC has already been surprisingly effective at using the Do Not Call registry to curtail telemarketing calls, and most of the robocalls received by people in the office here are already illegal to do begin with—pitches for time shares and bogus car warranties top the list of such calls.
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No, it’s not really Kentucky-centric. But this is good enough news that it warrants mentioning.