You can put a stop to annoying unwanted calls and texts

Unwanted calls and texts are harassing and inconvenient, and those experiencing this type of badgering often feel like they have no options to protect themselves.

While nearly all automated called to cellphones are prohibited in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, banks, debt collectors and telemarketers still frequently use auto-dialer technology to contact consumers like you. For them, it’s an inexpensive way to reach customers to sell products and services, or collect debt. And unfortunately, in most cases, you may have unknowingly provided them the consent they needed to call you as frequently as they want.

When filling out an application for a loan or credit card, chances are that you provided your phone number, along with other personal information. By doing so, you gave that company permission to use that number to contact you. And while this is considered the one exception under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that permits those unwanted calls, you do have the ability to revoke the consent to receive unwanted “robo” calls in the future.

How can I request that the calls stop?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) deals with the use of automated dialing equipment and pre-recorded messages, telemarketing calls using “live” callers and fax transmissions. In general, it classified these types of phone calls and unsolicited faxes as violations of the law, enabling victims to receive statutory damages.

If you’re receiving unwanted calls to your cell phone from a bank, collection agency or telemarketer, you have the option to write a letter directly to the caller, through Certified Mail, revoking your consent to receive calls or text messages on your cell phone. Retain documentation all correspondence, as well as copies of your cell phone records.

If you continue to receive calls and texts after requesting that they stop, the caller may be violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. In most cases, the TCPA allows consumers to receive between $500 to $1500 per violating call.

Recent court rulings in the Philly area have been in favor of consumers for protection from unlawful telephone harassment. Flitter Milz attorneys are experts in TCPA law and have helped a number of people in PA and NJ who have been victim to the stress and intimidation of aggressive telemarketers, banks and collectors that place robocalls without legal consent.

Our TCPA lawyers know all your rights under the TCPA and how to effectively defend them in court. Contact our Philadelphia law offices today to talk to an experienced TCPA lawyer and receive a free evaluation of unwanted calls or text messages to your cell phone.

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Check your mailbox for a class action notice. If you received a postcard for a TCPA lawsuit, contact our TCPA attorneys to discuss your options. You may choose to OPT OUT of the class action and consider pursuit of an individual matter.