Consumer news: Tuesday September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009

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Consumers now have new federal protection against those annoying robocalls. Starting Tuesday, telemarketers cannot use pre-recorded sales calls unless they have your written permission.

"The new federal restrictions apply to pre-recorded calls used to sell goods or services, regardless of whether consumers have previously done business with the seller," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Consumers are urged from now on to report illegal robocalls immediately to the Federal Trade Commission.

Violators face federal penalties of up to $16,000 per call. Click here for a direct link or call 1-877-F-T-C-HELP (382-4357).

"It is important to note that some types of automated calls are still allowed including purely informational messages like notices about medical appointments or school delays."

The new rule does not apply to calls from debt collectors, charities, and political groups either.

Delaware is offering tax scofflaws a chance to pay up without facing penalties, interest, and possible legal action.

The amnesty period begins on Tuesday and runs through October 30th.

State officials believe it's been more than 25 years since Delaware has offered a tax amnesty.

Check your DVD players Wal-Mart is expanding its recall of Durabrands that can overheat and burst into flames.

The discount chain is recalling 4-point-2-million of them after getting 14 complaints the players caused fires.

Wal-Mart sold them from January 2006 through July 2009 and is offering a full refund.
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