Does the phone always ring just as you're sitting down to dinner, and does it always turn out to be someone trying to sell you a new roof or clean your carpets? You can fight back without turning off your phone.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
Tell the telemarketer to put your name and phone number on his or her company's "do not call" list, and request a copy of the company's "do not call" policy.
Use junk-call and junk-mail removal services, which arrange to delete your name from telemarketing lists.
Have your name and phone number placed on the Direct Marketing Association's telephone preference list, which the association maintains to identify individuals who do not wish to be contacted.
Avoid buying things from or donating to telemarketers. Cooperating with telemarketers may result in your name and number being sold to other telemarketing firms.
Maintain an unlisted phone number, since many telemarketers build their lists from the phone book.
Tips and warnings
- Federal law requires telemarketing firms to maintain "do not call" lists and policies. If a telemarketing firm ignores your request to be placed on such a list, you can take legal action.
- Don't berate the telemarketer personally. That person isn't responsible for your being on the list.