Florida's Do Not Call List Revisited
Posted by Benjamin Dona on Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at 12:14pm.
It's time for another look at how well Florida's Do Not Call Law is working to curtail one of the most annoying grievances Florida residents regularly complain about having to endure - the dreaded and unwanted phone solicitation.
It was seven years ago that we first blogged about how the state of Florida was getting serious about countering unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers of any sort. At that time (June, 2008), then Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson was happy with having collected $1.5 million in fines and judgements against companies that were found to have inappropriately contacted residents on the list over the first six months of the year.
This past week, now Commissioner Adam H. Putnam announced that violations of the state's Do Not Call laws still topped the list of complaints from residents who called the 1-800-HELP-FLA hotline even though enforcement has been ratcheted up more than ever before.
During the month of July 2014, the agency:
- Initiated 273 investigations.
- Arrested 6 individuals.
- Recovered $523,317 on behalf of Florida consumers. Through July, the total collected was $2,844,497.
- Registered 7,126 businesses.
- Added 19,913 new telephone numbers to Florida's Do Not Call List. It's free to register your home number!
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state's clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department's consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832); or you can visit the Division of Consumer Services website at www.800helpfla.com for more information about the law and to register your phone number.
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