If you are receiving sales calls for services or products that you have no interest in purchasing, you can stop them from calling for good. There are several ways to stop companies from calling you and to prevent future sales calls from coming through.
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Ask the sales agents to remove your name and telephone number from the company's calling list. If you have requested this and the company continues to call you, ask to speak to a supervisor and repeat your request to be removed from the calling list.
Request that your number to be private when you sign up for your home telephone service. Companies generate calling lists by obtaining phone numbers that are publicly listed. If you make your phone number unlisted, telemarketers will not be able to find it through 411 information or from any public phone directories.
Contact companies with which you do business and direct them to refrain from sharing your name and telephone number with third-party companies. By law, companies are required to let you know whether they share information with third-party companies. However, they are not allowed to say which third-party company they share information with. A third-arty company can also share information with other companies. Some companies offer an option to opt out of third-party information sharing, but some will not render service to you unless you agree to be contacted by the third party.
Send a letter or an e-mail message to the company that is calling you to lodge a formal complaint and to ask that it not contact you in the future. Obtain the company's address by asking the agent for a complaints address or phone number. You can also find the contact information by searching the company's website.
Register your telephone number on the national Do Not Call list. Most telemarketers will not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. Registration is free and applies to home and mobile telephone numbers. The Do Not Call List is maintained by the Federal Communications Commission.
Tips and warnings
- If you have asked a telemarketing company to cease contacting you and it continue to call, this may be grounds for a harassment lawsuit. You will first need to contact your local police department and ask for details on how to lodge a complaint of harassment.
- Some states maintain Do Not Call lists. Contact your state's public service commission or consumer protection office for further information and to register your phone number.
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