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Is there any way to stop the harassing political phone calls?

Patrick Gannon
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Unfortunately, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper, political calls don’t fall under the Do Not Call Registry, which means phone customers can’t opt out of receiving them.

However, she said, campaigns must follow certain laws if they make “robo calls,” or pre-recorded calls.

She said the attorney general has gone after campaigns and other political and advocacy groups that didn’t follow laws when making those calls and forced them to pay fines.

Under state law, political campaigns and nonprofits making prerecorded calls must identify who is making the call and the nature of the call, as well as provide contact information for the group that makes the call.

But Talley also gave the following suggestion to phone customers who believe they are getting harassing calls from a political campaign, either through live calls or robo calls: 1) report the calls to the campaign office and request that the campaign stop calling, and 2) file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online at ncdoj.gov or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. The number is toll-free inside North Carolina.

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2 Responses to “ Is there any way to stop the harassing political phone calls?”

  1. On August 21, 2013 at 11:07 am B. Williams wrote:

    I took my phone number off of my voter registration. It was easy and that was the end of the calls!

  2. On August 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm Richard Bunce wrote:

    Caller ID… we do not answer numbers we do not recognize… voicemail sorts the wheat from the chaff… most of these calls do not leave voicemail response. Also many digital phone systems now allow for call blocking, sometimes from the phone itself with a key sequence… if you have it use it… 30 number limit though and I think that might be a government regulation put in by the major parties to prevent this sort of thing from blocking all their calls.



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