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Huh - I usually let the phone go to VM if I'm not right by it - or I don't recognize the number. It's not that hard.
Learning the law is why I'm here. "Phone Spam" was probably a poor descriptor for my proposed practice, as spam usually tries to sell you something, which I am not trying to do. Lawful Robocalling is probably a better term.Zero phone spam is legal. Just because other entities break the law, doesn't make it legal for you to do so.
Under FTC rules, some robocalls don’t require your permission:
- Messages that are purely informational. Robocalls about your flight being cancelled, reminding you about an appointment, or letting you know about a delayed school opening fall into this category, as long as the caller doesn’t also try to sell you something.
- Debt collection calls. A business contacting you to collect a debt can use robocalls to reach you. But robocalls that try to sell you services to reduce your debt are illegal and are almost certainly scams.
- Political calls.
- Calls from some health care providers. This includes a robocall from a pharmacy reminding you to refill a prescription.
- Messages from charities. Charities can make these calls themselves. But if a charity hires someone to make robocalls on its behalf, the robocalls can only go to members of the charity or prior donors. They also must include an automated option to let you stop future calls.
They only aggravate those who allow such to aggravate them.How does getting a cordless phone tell me how many times I'm allowed to phone spam a corporation? Reading an entire post before responding will help you know what to respond to.
I don't mind aggravating the companies that feel justified in aggravating everyone else. The question is about the legality of sending automated telephone reminders to corporations and businesses who send out junkmail, reminding them that we don't want it.
You have been given legal ways to deal with spam and robocalls. Doing to spammers and robocallers what is done to you makes you a spammer or robocaller.How do you screen junkmail? Physical junk mail in the physical mailbox outside the house? Our mailbox is full every day, and though it makes for convenient kindling, it is an unsustainable practice. Catalog after unwanted catalog I thow in the fire; I have to look through this heaping pile of paper nearly every day, because occasionally there is a customer's check, and I don't want to miss that. The ammount of physical junk mail that is the same every day from the same companies is nauseating. How much waste they're willing to go though to get their paper spam to me in the middle of nowhere: when I multiply that waste by the number of citizens they are targeting, I am staggered. So I am using phone spam to fight physical mailbox junkmail. I don't think this is against the law. But I don't know. If I wasn't a bot, but just a person, calling over and over, with the same request: stop sending me mail, how many times can I do this, before they think it is harassment? I think the mail in my box is harassment. It upsets me because of the waste. I don't think they will stop unless we make them. I want my address to be flagged as the guy who will drive us nuts if we send him anything; leave him alone. In other words; I'm trying to learn how to train corporations to practice the golden rule. When corporations hear "the golden rule" all they see is the gold. But I think if they are entities and are afforded legal status, then they need to have ethical status too. How can we teach corporations about the real golden rule? By delivering poetic justice. By spamming them back. Giving them a taste of their own practices. That's how individuals figured it out.
What you want to do is literally a Federal Crime when it crosses state borders.I don't think this is against the law. But I don't know. If I wasn't a bot, but just a person, calling over and over, with the same request: stop sending me mail, how many times can I do this, before they think it is harassment? I think the mail in my box is harassment. It upsets me because of the waste. I don't think they will stop unless we make them.