The end of 'robocalls?'

August 27, 2009 3:01:35 PM PDT
We've all picked up the phone one time or another to find a recorded message playing on the other end, a robot trying to sell you something. Some of those "robocalls" could soon be history.Starting September 1, the Federal Trade Commission will ban pre-recorded telemarketing calls. Violators will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call. Exceptions will be made if the telemarketer has written permission from a customer.

Recorded messages that deliver certain information will not be banned, such as messages from debt collectors, politicians, charities, banks, and phone companies.

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