Are Unwanted Calls Considered Illegal?
Since the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 many individuals exercise their right to have their cellphone number or landline be added to the national DNC List. Many people are under the impression that since they are registered onto this list that they were never receive another call from a telemarketer again. Yet when they still receive unwanted calls, clearwater residents might be overexcited about pressing legal action because they have misunderstood the law that telemarketers have to abide by. It is a popular misconception that all calls that you receive that you did not intend to contact are considered unwanted calls, but this is not the case.
What is Not Considered an Unwanted Call?
While your intention is to avoid all calls because they are unwanted, the FCC in charge of dealing with the national DNC list do not consider all phone calls unwanted calls. Clearwater residents need to be aware that registering your number on a DNC list does stop most phone calls but does not stop them all. For example, calls for or on the behalf of a political organization is not considered harassing or unwanted. Another organization that is does not have to abide by the national DNC list are charities. Although no one really likes telephone surveyors calling and asking person questions, telephone surveys are not considered unwanted phone calls.
Can I Take Legal Action against Unwanted Calls?
In some instances, with documentation of repeated offenses and proof of infractions may a legal case be procured with the assistance of a harassment attorney. Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 an individual may sue for up to five hundred dollars for each violation of the law caused by unwanted calls. Clearwater residents might put their case in jeopardy if they try to represent themselves and pursue legal action against a telemarketing company. It is always in your best interest to have another professional look into your case to take the appropriate legal action.