原文：Illinois consumer Matthew Hufnus says that on Sept. 26 he received a number of text messages on his cellphone from a company named DoNotPay, Inc., attempting to solicit his business.
Taken together, the messages read: "Hey there it's Jen from DoNotPay -- we know it's a lot to ask for your payment details upfront, we really do. But here's a statistic -- DoNotPay users save an average of $450 in cold, hard cash per year. Sue robocallers, cancel free trials and never have to deal with customer service again. If you aren't satisfied, we'll go ahead and delete your details and refund you in full."
The messages allegedly urged Hufnus to sign up for the DoNotPay app, a service chatbot that DoNotPay bills as "The World's First Robot Lawyer."
According to DoNotPay, the app lets users appeal parking tickets in any city in the U.S.; cancel services or subscriptions; handle chargebacks and refunds; and, in short, get their money back for a variety of services they signed up for, or to get free online trials of products or services.
DoNotPay is accused of sending the texts without first obtaining Hufnus' express permission. That, together with the ask to sign up for services, makes those unsolicited advertising text messages, which violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), according to a complaint filed against DoNotPay by three law firms Dec. 8.
The Act restricts telephone solicitation activities, including the use of automated telephone equipment, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages and fax machines.
原文作者： Richard Adhikari