What can you do about political robocalls and text messages?

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DES MOINES – In the final stretches before Election Day, more and more Iowans are getting bombarded by text messages and robocalls from candidates, campaigns, and third-party groups.

According to a spokesman for the Iowa Attorney General, that office has received a few complaints about the political calls and texts. Generally, political calls have more protections than commercial. For example, campaign-related calls are not on the Do Not Call list. However, the FCC says campaign-related robocalls and robotexts are “not allowed to cell phones, pagers, or other mobile devices without the called party’s prior consent.” However, some Iowans may have checked a box in paperwork that allows these campaigns to reach them via text or a phone call.

According to the FCC, prerecorded calls must include the following info:

— the identity of the business, individual, or other entity initiating the call (and if a business or corporate entity, the entity’s official business name) must be stated clearly at the beginning of the message; and
–the telephone number of the calling party must be provided either during or after the message.
If people believe they’ve gotten an suspicious or illegal robocall, they should report it to the FCC or FTC. If they lose money or give out personal information on these calls, they should call us or local law enforcement.

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