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Floridians to telemarketers: "Don't bug me ... with your crazy calls"

3:52 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- One thing that really annoys Floridians is those telemarketer calls that always seem to come as you're taking your first bite of dinner.

Violations of Florida's Do Not Call List are among the top complaints recorded at the state's consumer hotline. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services operates the hotline and it has experienced a record year.

Commissioner Adam Putnam pushed for changes that converted the Do Not Call List from a pay service to a free one.

It used to cost you $10 to sign up and $5 to renew your subscription. Now those fees are gone and Putnam says a lot of Floridians are taking advantage.

At the start of the year, the Do Not Call List contained about 80,000 members. Now Putnam says it has more than 400,000.

"(They) have signed up to say 'Don't bug me at the dinner table with your crazy calls' and it has proven very successful. Violations of that Do Not Call list are now something we can pursue and follow up with in terms of fines for the offending telemarketing firm."

If you want to sign up for the Do Not Call List, go to www.800helpfla.com and click on the first link under Hot Topics.

Or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).

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