How to Stop Automated Phone Dialers

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How to Stop Automated Phone Dialers
Automated phone dialers annoy many consumers. (woman talking on cell phone / mobile phone image by Katrina Miller from

An automated dialer is a computer tool used by telemarketers and bill collectors to contact people on calling lists. It helps them save time and money by reducing the need for a human to physically dial numbers onto a keypad and determine if the person is home. If you're having a problem with automated phone dialers, consider a few options that could help you resolve this situation.

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    Wait for a human caller to pick up after you receive the auto-dialled call. Ask the caller to remove you from his mailing list immediately. If the call is from a bill collector that you no longer want to hear from, ask for full company information and send the organisation a certified letter with a return receipt notifying the bill collector to "cease and desist" all calls to your phone number. Under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), the collector must contact you via mail instead.

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    Add your name to the Federal Trade Commission's Do-Not-Call list immediately if you continue to receive auto-dialled calls. This should stop the majority of unsolicited telemarketing calls by automated dialers within 31 days. Document each automated call after that period of time by taking down the name of the company that is calling, the company's full address, and the purpose of the call. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission to stop these calls.

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    Connect an auto-dialling prevention device, such as the TeleZapper, to your phone line to stop auto-dialling computers. When you connect this tool to your phone line, the device automatically tells the calling computer that the line is no longer in service. Over time, the calling computer deletes your information from its database.

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