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Florida ranks No. 3 for rate of Do Not Call complaints in 2017

Florida had the third-highest number of complaints regarding the Do Not Call registry in 2017 maintained by the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said.  | [Times file photo]
Florida had the third-highest number of complaints regarding the Do Not Call registry in 2017 maintained by the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said. | [Times file photo]
Published Dec. 27, 2017

Florida residents recorded the third-highest rate of complaints in 2017 about abuses with the "Do Not Call" registry — 588,021 total, or 2,853 per 100,000 residents, according to recent figures by the Federal Trade Commission. It ranked just behind New Jersey — 321,393 total, or 3,593 per 100,000 residents — and Delaware — 27,691 total, or 2,909 per 100,000 residents.

Florida also had the second-highest total number of complaints behind California, which posted 824,692 complaints.

The Do Not Call registry is a list consumers can ask to be put on to opt out of telemarketing calls. Companies that violate such requests can face fines. This year, there were 229,816,164 phone numbers on the list, according to the FTC.

For more information about the list, visit https://tinyurl.com/pyufjbp.

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