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I have received a slanderous and threatening phone call from

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I have received a slanderous and threatening phone call from someone that owes be an amount of money. The slander involved calling me a sexaul pervert and a paedolfile, also he called me a dump f#ck. The threats included veiled threats of physical harm to me. Could I send his person a cease and desist letter considering that there are no witnesses to this call, however he said he was recording the phone call, which I do not believe to be true.
Cease and desist doing what? Calling you?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Cease and desist and slanderous activity in respect to me, including calling me to issue threats or swear at me.
That is not slander I'm afraid. Slander arises when you defame a person to a third party. Making adverse comments to their face does not amount to defamation.
Defamation is the act of damaging a person's reputation which cannot be done if the speaker only addresses that person.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is this situation covered by The Communications Decency Act Of 1996?
There is a new communication act which does capture adverse contact but if it is just one phone call then I'm afraid the police are unlikely to act.
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