“Robocalls” commonly refer to calls from telemarketers or debt collectors which use artificial or prerecorded voices and are generated by automatic dialing systems. They are among the most common violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), aside from legal robocalls for “debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States,” and they are generally unlawful without direct prior written consent from the consumer.
Robocalls to your cell phone without your consent are especially prohibited, and the FCC has closed a loophole which had allowed collectors to get away with “wrong-number robocalls,” claiming that they had the consent of the person they intended to reach and that this consent was sufficient for compliance with the TCPA. Moving forward, these collectors are responsible for all consumer numbers that they call, even reassigned numbers.
If you are being harassed by robocalls or a business is otherwise in violation of the TCPA or other applicable debt collection laws, contact an experienced attorney for a free consultation.