Today, telemarketing and prerecorded automated (robo) calls are considered a highly economical way to contact a vast number of people at one time. Although such methods may be convenient and cost-effective to the company funding such calls, they can be extremely annoying, time-consuming and even costly for the person on the receiving end of such harassing phone calls and messages.
If you have been victimized by unwanted phone calls from creditors, contact a Philadelphia harassing collection calls lawyer at Law Office of Michael P. Forbes, PC by dialing (610) 991-3321 for immediate legal advice.
Phone Harassment Laws
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act was passed in 1991. This act was designed to regulate unwanted telemarketing calls, junk faxes, and other unwanted calls to people's residences and their cellular phones.
Under the TCPA, those making calls (including robo callers) are required to do the following:
- Limit the calls to the hours of 8 A.M. and 9 P.M
- Maintain a "do not call list" and honor any request to be placed on such list
- Have a clearly written policy that is available upon request
- They must have a clearly defined training program for the personnel making such telephone calls
In addition to the above, the TCPA prohibits the use of artificial or prerecorded voice messages to call a residence except in the cases of an emergency, or if the caller has received prior consent. Furthermore, under the TCPA, anyone using an autodialer or an artificial prerecorded voice message to call any number must state their identity at the beginning of the message. They are also required to give their address and phone number during the call.
What Can I Do About Harassing Phone Calls?
If you have received harassing phone calls from debt collectors or another company that is advertising a product or a service, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against them. If there was a violation of the TCPA, you may be entitled to collect damages from the source of the unwanted calls for each violation of the TCPA's provisions. You can also file similar suits regarding faxes, autodialers, and artificial prerecorded messages. As a highly experienced Philadelphia debt collection defense attorney, I can review the details of your case and help you determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit for damages.
Take Legal Action Against Harassing Phone Calls From Debt Collectors
If you have been a victim of such unscrupulous practices, I urge you to save any voice messages or faxes that you have received. It's also important to maintain a log of when you receive such calls. Please contact me today to discuss the details of your case and to determine whether or not we can pursue a lawsuit on your behalf. Our services are available to those throughout Pennsylvania.
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