Okla. AG issuing warning about political robocalls
By Keaton Fox
OKLAHOMA CITY — You know 'em.You hate 'em.Robocalls. Your phone rings, you answer, and a computerized message plays back, pitching a political candidate with no chance for you to get off the list.Julie Bays is the chief of the consumer protection unit in attorney general's office. She says political calls are legal, but with some rules."They need to leave a name, a contact, and a phone number or an address," Bays said.Bays says the AG's office has seen more and more complaints in the last few days about campaign calls. She says they try to remind candidates of the rules before they have to file a legal action against them."It becomes our problem. They can file a complaint with our office and we can look into the calls," Bays said.Armed with that information, you can call or write the candidate to tell them to stop calling you.Victor Wandres is a consumer attorney who sues aggressive robo-callers. He says many people don't know they have legal rights and can take action if it keeps happening."One or two calls might be acceptable to somebody, but really, the way the law works is in order to auto-dial a cell phone user's number, you have to have prior written, expressed consent," Wandres said.
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