Do you receive annoying telephone calls from telemarketers? Do you avoid answering your telephone for fear that a telemarketer may be on the other end? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Thanks to new laws and efforts by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), you can now enjoy quiet evenings at home without being disturbed by incessant phone calls from telemarketers. Want to learn how to stop these calls? Read on for more tips.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Visit the National Do Not Call Registry website (see Resources below). Register your telephone number. According to the Do Not Call Registry, any telephone numbers registered on the website will be registered permanently due to the Do Not Call Improvement Act of 2007.
Call the National Do Not Call Registry's telephone hot line. Call 1-888-382-1222 and register your telephone number. You should call the hot line from the telephone number that you are registering.
Register your telephone number with your state's Do Not Call List. According to Consumer Fraud Reporting, many states provide telemarketer do-not-call lists for their residents. Check with your state's consumer protection office or the public utilities commission to see if it offers this list.
Place your telephone number on company-specific do-not-call lists. When a telemarketer calls, request that he remove your telephone number from his company's telemarketing list. According to Consumer Fraud Reporting, "Whether or not your home phone number is registered on the national Do-Not-Call list, the FCC requires a person or entity placing voice telephone solicitations to your home to maintain a record of your direct request to that caller not to receive future telephone solicitations from that person or entity."
File a complaint. If you continue to receive calls from telemarketers after registering your telephone number with the Do Not Call Registry, contact the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission.
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