7 Tips To Help Stop Robocalls

We all know robocalls are out of control these days. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), passed in 1991, restricts telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment. Specifically, the TCPA limits the use of automatic dialing systems, prerecorded voice messages, and unsolicited text messages.Today, consumers receive more robocalls and unsolicited text messages than ever. Technology is the reason. Companies use autodialers to send out thousands of phone calls and text messages every minute for an incredibly low cost. What is a robocall? If you pick up the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, that’s a robocall. Similarly, if someone leaves you a prerecorded message, that’s a robocall, too. If the recording is a sales message, and you haven’t given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, then the call is illegal. Period.Here are some things you can do to help stop robocalls:1. Don’t give out your numberThis is pretty obvious. Think first before giving your number to any business. Ask yourself, “do they really need to call me?” Giving your number out could result in either the company using your number for their own purpose or the company may sell it to a third party. Either way, don’t give out your number unless its necessary.2. Request that the calls to stopRobocalls are legal if you have used a company’s services in the past and if it’s stated in their terms and conditions. However, even if you agreed to it at first, intentionally or not, ask them to stop calling you. Send a written request to the company for the calls to stop. Tell them your name and telephone number, and request that all calls stop immediately. Make sure you keep a copy of the letter so you’ll have proof of your request.3. Don’t waste your time arguing on the phoneArguing with the company making the call will not do anything to stop the harassment. Hang up the phone. Next, block their calls right away by using services offered by your telephone provider. However, this is not fool proof as some robocallers are now using fake numbers on caller ID.4. Don’t press any numbers when you answer a robocallDo not press 1 or any other numbers to get off the list. Although the prerecorded message will ask you to do so, this will not get you off the list. Pressing 1 or another number will only confirm that your number works properly, and thus, the calls will relentlessly continue.5. Sign up on the do not call listGetting your number on the Do Not Call registry. It’s free and may help the situation. You can easily sign up at www.donotcall.gov/ It’s free and hopefully it will help solve the problem.6. Be proactive and complain, complain, complainKeep a call log so you have proof of the calls. Then, file as many complaints as possible.File a complaint with the better business bureau at http://www.bbb.org/File a complaint with the Consumer Financial Credit Bureau at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.ftc.gov/7. Stop those political campaignsDuring election season, calls coming from political groups are exempt from the rules that govern robocalls. However, one way to stop such calls is by signing up for organizations such as Citizens for Civil Discourse, the people behind http://stoppoliticalcalls.org/welcome2.html Although this is a non-profit and non-government organization, they are still heard by political groups and will remove your number.Lastly, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC, for a free consultation. The Federal Trade Commission has stopped billions, yes billions, of robocalls in the last two years. Agruss Law Firm, LLC, will do the same for you. We will aggressively enforce the law to stop robocalls. Not only will we stop the calls, but you may be entitled to money damages, too. Damages in TCPA cases range from $500.00 – $1,500.00 per call or text. Contact us today at 888-572-0176 or at WeStopRoboCalls.com for a free consultation.

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Submitted Comments

Hello! I have been receiving robocalls from various numbers for several months now, but I am unsure who the company is. The voicemail is recorded and states that I am about to be served documents at home or work, and if I want to resolve the claim I would need to call 888-758-4757. I really wish they would stop but I am unsure what I can do about it. Any help would be appreciated - thank you.

I have no idea who these people are and they have called my fiances' phone as well as other friends of mine trying to locate my whereabouts, they have also called my fiances' mother. This is harassment and they are very threatning with law papers.

Just wanted to let you know to add these #s they call from - have been calling me for weeks from one of these two #'s - they apparently can set up for their phone # to be wherever they want it to appear they are calling from. I live in Nevada and they call from a 702 area code - knowing they are in Florida and NC. They don't leave a message and the only reason I know it is them is I called the # back to check on who was calling my cell phone - I only have a cell phone and they got their hands on my cell # and now are calling 2-3 times a day. I am disabled and have major depression and do not want to talk to them so I do not answer calls from #'s I do not recognize. Here are two #'s they are calling me from -- 702-666-6220 and 702-666-6227. So far those are only two #'s that have come up so you may want to add them to the list. Just wanted to let you know - thank you.