FTC: New Jersey ranks No. 1 in robocall complaints

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The Garden State may be getting more telemarketer calls than any other state.

New Jersey residents filed more complaints per capita about robocalls than any other state in the nation this year, according to newly released data from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC says that complaints were up more than 50 percent since last year.

Most New Jersey residents tell News 12 that they are often annoyed by the calls and have various ways to deal with them.

“I’ll usually grab one of my musical instruments and I’ll start playing in during the response time,” says Metuchen resident Dave Clark.

While playing musical instruments on the phone may be satisfying to some New Jerseyans, the FTC says that complaints are much more effective. The agency says that they rely on the complaint to identify the companies that are the biggest offenders of violating the do not call list.

The FTC’s website has a variety of ways to file complaints or sign up for the do not call registry.

A 2009 federal law has banned most companies from making prerecorded telemarketing calls in the United States.

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