Make us your home page

Daily Q&A: What's dangerous about robocalls?

I saw a warning from the Federal Trade Commission about unwanted robocalls. What was this latest warning about?

Some telemarketers are making deceptive credit card reduction rate offers through robocalls. Consumers should be cautious about such messages.

First of all, as of Sept. 1, most robocalls became illegal. The government still allows some prerecorded messages such as messages that are solely informational — for example, your child's school closing.

On Tuesday, the FTC sued three groups that were selling bogus credit card reduction rate programs as part of an ongoing crackdown on the practice. The FTC announced the publishing of its 2009 Do Not Call Registry Data Book.

Telemarketers must receive written notice from you that are permitting them to make robocalls to your phone.

For more information, visit:

Question for the Consumer's Edge? Send it to or Questions are answered only in this daily feature.

Daily Q&A: What's dangerous about robocalls? 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11:45am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa is 15th-most popular city to move to with U-Haul


    TAMPA —Tampa is undoubtedly a destination point, at least according to U-Haul.

    Tampa is the No. 15 destination for people moving with U-Haul trucks. | Times file photo
  2. Florida's economy growing faster than other big states and far better than U.S. overall


    When it comes to economic growth, Florida's running alongside the leading states and well ahead of the United States as a whole.

  3. Westshore Marina District project takes shape with another acquisition

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — One of Tampa Bay's prime waterfront areas took another major step toward redevelopment Friday as WCI Communities bought 2.35 acres in Westshore Marina District.

    WCI Communities, Lennar's high-end subsidiary,has paid $2.5 million for 2.35 acres in the Westshore Marina District for 35 townhomes. WCI is under contract  to buy an additional 9.5 acres.
[BTI Partners]
  4. Posh Guy Harvey RV park to open in Tampa Bay with $250,000 cottages


    HOLIDAY — Love those Guy Harvey T-shirts with the soaring marlins? In the not too distant future, you might be able to kick back in your own Guy Harvey cottage in the first-ever Guy Harvey RV park.

    Renderings of the clubhouse and an RV cottage site of the planned Guy Harvey Outpost Club & Resort Tarpon Springs.
[Guy Harvey Outpost Collection]
  5. Port Tampa Bay secures $9 million grant to deepen Big Bend Channel


    Port Tampa Bay has secured a $9 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the widening and deepening of the Big Bend Channel in southern Hillsborough County.