To Get Telemarketers to Stop Calling You
of the most annoying aspects of life is to be interrupted by a telemarketer
trying to get you to switch phone companies or subscribe to your
local newspaper. Luckily there are steps you can take to drastically
cut down on such annoying calls.
- Register your phone number with the official
U.S. government do not call list. There are strong penalties
for companies that
do telemarketing calls to people on the official “do not
call” list. To register, visit www.donotcall.gov, click Register
a Phone Number, then follow the directions. Expect several months
from the time you register your number to the time calls start
to dwindle using this method. This is, by far, the most important
tip to reduce the amount of telemarketing calls that you receive.
- When a telemarketer calls, do not hang up.
Instead, politely interrupt the telemarketer and tell them, specifically
to please “put
my number on your ‘don't-call’ list.” Be kind.
By law, telemarketing companies are required to remove your number
from their list when you say to them “'Put my number on your ‘don't
- Remove your number from the public record. There
are many ways that telemarketers can reach you and one of them
is through the phone company. Many phone companies sell information
to third parties in order to pad their cash flow. Call your phone
company and request that your number no longer be listed. They
may charge you around $4 a month for the “service”,
but it’s worth it.
And here are a few things not to do when a telemarketer calls:
not hang up right when the telemarketer calls or when one hasn’t picked up after a computer calls
you. You must get the telemarketer on the line in order to say
number on your ‘don't call’ list.” Once they’ve
heard this, they are legally required to obey your request.
- Do not to engage a telemarketer in any type
of conversation or debate. They are highly trained to respond
to any type of reasoning
you may give them in regards to what they are selling. Remember
to be kind when specifically saying, “'Put my number on your ‘don't
call’ list.” Telemarketers are people too and if they
are upset at your attitude they may purposely leave your name on
the list (even though it could result in a fine) or do something
even more stupid. After all, they have your number.
Following the above tips will drastically reduce telemarketing
calls and make your evenings much more pleasant as you enjoy a
peaceful bliss free of annoying sales pitches.
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