This story was part of a submission that won 2014 Third-place Business Writing, Class B, Florida Press Club.
One of the business owners decided to harass me on the phone and online after this story.
July 17, 2013
Tampa Bay companies dominate top Do Not Call complaints
By Charles Schelle, firstname.lastname@example.org
MANATEE — Four of the top five companies in the state that logged the highest complaints for violating the Do Not Call list are based in Tampa Bay, and the state is aggressively pursuing violators.
Telemarketing is a regulated business in Florida that requires the company and each salesperson to be licensed, and companies have restrictions on when and with whom they can do business, said Erin Gillespie, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which handles the state’s free Do Not Call list.
“If you’re on the Do Not Call list, companies are not allowed to call unless you’ve done business with them within 18 months,” Gillespie said. Even if your name is not on the list, businesses cannot call you before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m., she said.
The Herald requested the five companies in the state that have the most Do Not Call complaints in the last fiscal year from the Department of Agriculture, and the majority are based in Tampa Bay:
1. Travel Link Corp., 5700 Memorial Highway, Suite 221, Tampa
2. Evo Security, 1940 Harrison St., Hollywood
3. Mortgage Investors Corporation, 6090 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
4. Morgan Air Conditioning, 14807 N. 12 St., Lutz 5. Harrell Home Services, Inc, 6015 Benjamin Road, Suite 324, Tampa Continue reading Companies That Call On The Do Not Call List