Protecting Our Country

Every year Americans lose over 40 billion dollars to spam calls and telemarketing fraud

A Florida Issue

In the past year alone, Floridians have reported over 370,000 complaints to the Federal Trade Commission, ranking Florida as 9th out of all 50 states.

Spam Calls

We Can:

  • Protect the information, time, and money of Floridians

  • Fix a problem costing our country millions

  • Enforce our State Laws

Spam calls, extended warranties, and telemarketing fraud have become an all too common practice affecting Americans. Current Florida policy carries a retrospective approach to solving spam calls and fraud. The Commissioner of Agriculture can solve this problem prospectively by enforcing the laws that we already have that make these spam calls illegal

Data from the Federal Trade Commission finds that every year Americans lose over 40 billion dollars to spam calls and telemarketing fraud.[1] Floridians have not escaped these harms. In the past year alone, Floridians have reported over 370,000 complaints to the Federal Trade Commission, ranking Florida as 9th out of all 50 states for complaints.[2]

 

Florida consumers are seeing unregulated spam calls in the form of fake debt collectors, mortgage company agents, cable providers, and extended warranties. Spam callers buy information from often legitimate brokers.[3] From there it is a simple process of using software to make calls to up to one million people in a single hour.[4]

 

Right now, consumers have very limited options to stop their information, time, and money from being stolen. The Commissioner of Agriculture has the resources to prevent these calls.

[1]https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Scams-and-Fraud/Telemarketing-Fraud

[2] https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/federal.trade.commission/viz/DoNotCallComplaints/Maps

[3] https://donotpay.com/learn/florida-robocalls/

[4] https://donotpay.com/learn/florida-robocalls/

Education

So, What Can We Do?!

Chapter 510 of the Florida Statutes lays out telemarketing laws in the State of Florida. Virtually all of these spam and scam calls are illegal in Florida. They are still so prevalent in the state because complaints are usually ignored by law officials. It is the duty of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to enforce these necessary consumer protection laws.

 

The Commissioner of Agriculture is able to investigate the perpetrators, and legally pursue them. This would not only help Floridians now, but be proactive in setting a precedent for future perpetrators. If calls still occur, the Commissioner can investigate telecommunications providers to ensure they are actively working to combat illegal spam and fraud. We must have a Commissioner that enforces the laws instead of ignoring Floridians

The Calls are Illegal

Spam and fraudulent calls are already illegal, we just need someone to stop them.