If a company continues to call my telephone and leave messages after I have told them to stop calling, is there a way I can cause them to stop?

Asked on August 7, 2015 under General Practice, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What company? If it is a telemarketer or cold calling and you are on the "do not call" list, contact the FCC or your state's attorney general's office--they are in violation of their obligations under do not call. (If you're not on the do not call list, put yourself on it.)

If it is a collections agency, send them a written request to stop contacting you and they will have to...of course, if it is a valid debt, they can still take legal action (i.e. sue you).

If it is a company to whom you money--not an outside collections agency or a third-party bill collector, but the actual company itself--they do not have to stop calling you. A person or business to whom you owe money can call you as often as they like (and/or sue you for the money).

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What company? If it is a telemarketer or cold calling and you are on the "do not call" list, contact the FCC or your state's attorney general's office--they are in violation of their obligations under do not call. (If you're not on the do not call list, put yourself on it.)

If it is a collections agency, send them a written request to stop contacting you and they will have to...of course, if it is a valid debt, they can still take legal action (i.e. sue you).

If it is a company to whom you money--not an outside collections agency or a third-party bill collector, but the actual company itself--they do not have to stop calling you. A person or business to whom you owe money can call you as often as they like (and/or sue you for the money).


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