How to Stop Robocalls

Robocalls and telemarketing calls are currently the number one source of consumer complaints at the FCC. The Commission is committed to protecting consumers from unwanted calls and giving them more control over the calls and texts they receive.  We will tackle robocalls on as many fronts as possible, whether by implementing new rules, issuing tailored declaratory judgments, encouraging new pro-consumer innovation or urging the private sector to step up and stop this scourge. Read the full article…

TCPA offers Relief to Energy Utilities & Schools

On August 4, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released a Declaratory Ruling granting in part two separate petitions that were filed last year – one by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and American Gas Association (AGA), and another by Blackboard, Inc. (Blackboard) – regarding the treatment of certain types of non-telemarketing, informational “robocalls” (i.e., calls and texts placed using an autodialer or a prerecorded or artificial voice) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). Read the full article…

Are you Receiving Robocalls for Student Loan Debt?

The Federal Communications Commission issued rules Thursday restricting companies from bombarding Americans with cellphone calls to collect any money owed to or guaranteed by the government, including federal student loans, mortgages and taxes.

“Consumers want and deserve control over the calls and text messages they receive,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in a statement. “It is vital that we continue to use all the tools at our disposal to help protect consumers against unwanted calls.” Read the full article…

How to Block Auto-Dialed “Robo” Calls

July 22 — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is calling on phone companies to offer call-blocking services to subscribers who want to put a stop to automated robocalls, he said in a July 22 blog post.

Wheeler sent letters to the CEOs of top wireless and wireline phone companies, including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc., asking them to immediately begin offering free call-blocking services to consumers, he said. Read the full article…

Where Did the Telemarketer Find Your Number?

The tragic case of Edna Schmeets is not hard to understand, and is alarmingly common. The Harvey, North Dakota, woman turned over some $400,000 to telephone con artists who convinced her that the money would allow her to claim a $19 million Jamaican lottery prize. Of course, there was no prize, no lottery and Edna’s money went straight to a bunch of crooks. Read the full article…

Comments from Cary Flitter:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone has contacted you about being the winner or a lottery, file complaints by contacting the Federal Trade Commission. 1-877-FTC-HELP, the Attorney General, 1-800-441-2555, or if the prize promotion came in the mail, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 1-800-275-8777. Are you a victim of Identity Theft? Click here for more information.

Telephone Scam

NPR reports that a new telephone scam has surfaced. Callers posing as the IRS are calling consumers and demanding they pay their taxes over the phone, usually with a credit or debit card.
 
Beware! The IRS does not call consumers for tax payments – they correspond through the mail in most cases. If any caller ever asks for a payment over the phone, tell them you will do it through a different method and ask them to send you documentation in the mail.

TCPA Class Action: Abramson V Alpha Gas Electric Llc

Abramson v Alpha Gas & Electric, LLC

Did you receive a class action postcard in the Abramson v Alpha Gas & Electric  lawsuit for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act?   

Class postcards were mailed to consumers in connection with unauthorized, auto-dialed telemarketing calls placed to their cell phones from Alpha Gas & Electric between July 8, 2011 and November 10, 2016. A consumer must give permission for a telemarketer to call their cell phone.  This class action lawsuit claimed a violation to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). 

Do you remember receiving calls on your cell phone from Alpha Gas & Electric?  

You may choose to Opt Out of the class action and pursue an individual case for unauthorized calls placed to your cell phone.  These violating calls could bring between $500 to $1500 per call.

Act Immediately!  Deadline to Opt Out:  Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Contact Flitter Milz today for a FREE CONSULTATION.  We will discuss your options and potential violations of your consumer rights.