Columbus, Ohio residents in the 614 area code receive an extremely high number of robocalls. Robocalls are automated messages sent to a consumer’s phone that are typically annoying and unwanted. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) protects consumers who receive an abnormal amount of unwanted robocalls and allows consumers to collect damages from companies who utilize robocall techniques. The lawyers at Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. have experience handling lawsuits involving the TCPA and have helped our clients received treble damages from debt collectors who violated the TCPA. The YouMail Robocall Index is a database that started to track robocalls in 2015 and collects data from regions that receive the most robocalls. Here is some of the data the YouMail Robocall Index collected for some of the larger cities targeted in January 2017:
Columbus, Ohio 614 area code:
Received an estimated 11.7 million robocalls, or 10.1 calls per person.
Chicago, Illinois 312 area code:
Received an estimated 10.6 million robocalls, or 3.6 calls per person.
New York City, New York 347 area code:
Received an estimated 24.1 million robocalls, or 18.1 calls per person.
From the data above, you can see that New York City received more robocalls than Columbus and Chicago combined. Also, the average robocalls per person is smaller in Chicago than Columbus because Columbus has a smaller population, which means there are less numbers to call.
In Columbus, Ohio last month the number one robocall was from Time Warner Cable. Telecommunication service providers like Time Warner Cable utilize automated robocall techniques to inform consumers about their payments, which some consumers may consider very useful. A majority of the other robocalls residents in Columbus received was from scammers and spam messages about credit cards, student loans, banks, and debt collection agencies.
If you receive and excessive amount of robocalls from a debt collector, then the consumer lawyers at Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. can help you stop the calls. Debt collectors who repetitively call and harass consumers are violating the TCPA.You can learn more about your rights under the TCPA on our website by clicking here or call us for legal help at (614)944-5219. You can also send us a message online.