How to Remove Yourself From Telemarketing Lists

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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:
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Things you need

  • Telephones

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Use junk-call and junk-mail removal services, which arrange to delete your name from telemarketing lists.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Avoid buying things from or donating to telemarketers. Cooperating with telemarketers may result in your name and number being sold to other telemarketing firms.

  5. 5

    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.

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