State de­serves credit for new robo­calls act

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Best news ever came from Har­ris­burg on Oct. 4 with Gov. Tom Wolf’s sign­ing changes to the Tele­mar­ket­ing Reg­is­tra­tion Act on new re­stric­tions for robo­calls in Penn­syl­va­nia. Law­mak­ers

took the first step in elim­i­nat­ing robo­calls that we get all day long, but there is more to con­sider.

Un­for­tu­nately, we have to wait two months for the law to be ef­fec­tive. Then the law passed al­lows us to opt out of the tele­mar­ket­ing voice­mails with a phone num­ber the tele­mar­keter is re­quired to in­clude with their call. I ques­tion how this will work since most of us do not lis­ten to the tele­mar­keter. We see an 800 num­ber and don’t an­swer the call. We im­me­di­ately delete the call.

Do we have to lis­ten to the call in order to opt out of fu­ture calls? Some of the tele­mar­keters are clever. They use “spoof­ing” lo­cal num­bers to fool us into think­ing they are some­one we know, and some an­swer these calls. It is best to wait to hear a voice­mail be­fore pick­ing up the phone to an­swer. Jeanne M. Til­gh­man Sal­is­bury Town­ship

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