Robocalls To Be Illegal Starting September 1
Automated "robocalls" that come from companies will become illegal starting on September 1. Any company that places unsolicited or automated calls to consumers in an attempt to sell products will be violating the law and subject to a fine of up to $16,000 per call. Some exceptions apply. Banks, telephone carriers and charities are allowed to call consumers, and calls from politicians or public service announcements will be allowed through. The ban of pre-recorded calls was first approved by the Federal Trade Commission in August 2008.