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The Real Deal: 200,000 Do Not Call complaints per month

Updated: Thursday, February 6 2014, 10:09 AM EST
ALBANY—We've all gotten those annoying robo-calls from telemarketers looking for our business and even if you're on the Do Not Call list, the not-so-reputable companies likely continue to hound you.  New technology has made it a lot more difficult for the Federal Trade Commission to track down the violators. 

There are now more than 220 million telephone numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.  Most people who are on the list say it's helped tremendously to cut down the number of calls they get but there are still calls that make it through.  Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke takes a closer look at how the violators are bypassing the rules.  
The Real Deal: 200,000 Do Not Call complaints per month


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Hello and thank you for stopping by The Real Deal web-page! I'm hoping you'll find some useful information here. I (Jennifer Lewke) will be updating this page daily to bring you the latest news on anything and everything that may impact your wallet. Whether it's a bad business trying to rip you off, a contractor who took your money and ran, the government wasting your tax dollars, or a telemarketer who just won't stop calling, my goal is to uncover it and hopefully prevent it from happening again!

On the right-hand side of this page, you'll see a section labled "Links" --these will all take you to websites for organizations that help protect consumers. Most of the groups have the authority to fine or shut down bad businesses so it's important to file the proper complaints to get some action.

I'm happy to look into any issue you have to get you the Real Deal. You can reach me anytime at (518) 381-4992 or by email at jlewke@wrgb.com. I hope to hear from you soon!

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