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Telemarketers to be fined
Starting today you can expect the number of unwanted telemarketing calls or text messages you get to drop off significantly.
Tough new federal rules meant to crack down on telemarketers are going into effect. Telemarketers will be required to get your express written consent to make telemarketing calls to wireless phones using an autodialer or pre-recorded message. Previously, any form of consent was permitted for these calls, which allowed many of them to go through.
The rules for auto-dialed calls to land lines are a little less strict. Health-care related calls are exempt, as are many emergency calls from schools or from a bank regarding fraud alerts.
Non-profit and non-advertising-related calls to mobile phones will require permission, but it will not have to be written. The penalty for telemarketers is as much as $1,500 per unsolicited phone call, text message or fax.