Okay. It's happening again. Another telemarketer is harassing Valley residents, even though the people getting the calls are on the Do Not Call registry.
I received emails from Raymond, Marion, Janice and others who say the calls begin with "attention utility customer." They happen up to five times a day.
And victims say they're getting frustrated because the Do Not Call registry doesn't seem "to do any good."
Well, I'm frustrated too. I called back all of the numbers you sent me on this and as usual, none went anywhere.
While many telemarketers play by the rules, the bad guys seem to easily get away with breaking them.
Two years ago, I checked out the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call records.
SEE THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY INVESTIGATION
I found more than eight million complaints. At that time, it was about a million a year since the registry began.
Yet, we found the FTC took action only 78 times. That was an average of just 10 actions a year.
FTC investigators have a tough job.
Telemarketers can easily hide behind fake phone numbers.
But we need to let them know how serious this.
So, if you are on the Do Not Call registry, I want you to file a complaint with the FTC each time you get one of these calls.
Then I want all of you to keep track of the calls.
Gather as much information as you can, like the names of businesses, various phone numbers they use and how many times they call.
Send that information to me at my email address.
I will get it to the FTC directly as I continue to investigate how often the agency is finding and punishing violators.
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