Hopefully, all of us will be getting a lot fewer of those pre-recorded telephone marketing calls in the future. These calls pitching everything from car insurance to debt consolidation services have become a real nuisance. Starting on September 1, 2009, telemarketers will need advance written permission from consumers in order to solicit them through automated pre-recorded telemarketing messages, sometimes called robo-calls, the Federal Trade Commission said. Even people who have not signed up for the federal Do Not Call registry, as well as those who have done business in the past with the solicitors, are now protected from unwanted automatic calls. It should be noted, however, you still may get calls from traditional live telemarketers, unless you put your name on state or federal Do Not Call lists. After September 2nd if you get an illegal telemarketing call, contact the FTC at 877-382-4357 or go to www.ftc.gov.
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