How to revoke permission or consent under the TCPA to receive robo dialed calls on your cell phone
How to revoke permission or consent under the TCPA to receive robo dialed calls on your cell phone.
You’ve probably heard about the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), and how it can prevent debt collection companies or any other type of company from blowing up your phone.
This covers automated text messages, automated calls, robo-dialers, and the like.
As you’ve looked at this law, you’ve most likely noticed that permission (consent) is a big part of the TCPA.
If they have permission, then it’s okay for them to robo-dial or auto-text you.
However, if you didn’t give them permission to call or text you, then they’re breaking the law.
You may be wondering, “Can I revoke their permission to call me?
Many times collection companies or whoever is blowing up your phone will claim that you can’t revoke your permission after you’ve given it to them.
This is, to be blunt, stupid and untrue.
That has never been the case.
In addition to being untrue, it’s also inconsistent with every other part of the law.
If you can give consent for them to call you, then you can definitely take back that consent at any time.
“How do I take back my permission under the TCPA from the company?”
You can call them and simply tell them they no longer have permission to call or text your cell.
They can still manually dial your number and manually text you, but they can no longer use a robo-dialer to try and reach you.
But the safest way to handle this is to send them a letter by certified mail, or some way that you can have confirmation that they received your letter.
In some cases you can send an email, fax, etc — bottom line is to be able to prove they received your revoking of consent.
Let them know that you’re taking back the consent that they think you gave them.
Here’s a thought to keep in mind.
Every time they violate the law, the law breaking company has to pay anywhere from $500-$1,500 per call they make to your phone without your permission.
We’ve had cases where there have been as few as 10 calls up to hundreds of calls/texts that a collection agency made to a consumer’s phone.
That adds up.
If you don’t want them calling you, take away your consent from them.
They’ll have to pay a heavy price if they continue to call after you take back your consent.
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