Telemarketing Calls – Do You Get Telemarketing Calls?
You are about to sit down for dinner and the phone rings. A telemarketer wants to sell you the latest greatest whiz bang invention or he wants you to sign up for a magazine subscription or God knows what else. You have just received what are called telemarketing calls.
By the way, that is the polite term for those annoying calls. Because consumers complained over and over, the federal government passed a law that forbids telemarketers from calling you if you are on the national do not call list.
A note at this point is in order. If the call is from a scammer or fraudster they don’t really pay attention to this registry. Registering your phone numbers does not stop these people from plying their illicit trade.
By the way, if you have received telemarketing calls from the same company over and over, you can tell the telemarketer to put you on the company’s mandated do not call list. You see, the laws say a company must keep a separate do not call list from the one maintained by the FTC.
To stop receiving telemarketing calls you can take three courses of action in addition to asking the telemarketer to place your name on their internal list. The first is to contact the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) at 212-768-7277. Their website is www.the-dma.org.
The second way is to put your name on your states do not call registry. This assumes your state maintains such a registry. The easiest way to learn if your state has one is to call your state consumer protection agency.
The third way is to put your name on the national do not call registry. It is called the Federal Trade Commission’s National Registry. Their phone number is 888-382-1222. Their website is www.donotcall.gov.
Because technology is what it is and consumers have cell phones they are being abused by telemarketing calls. According to the FTC it is still illegal to call cell phone numbers.
They have a page titled: Truth About Wireless Phones and the National Do-Not-Call List that is located at:
The FTC’s Telemarketing Policy is located at:
The National Do Not Call Registry page is located at:
Here is a question with partial answer straight from the above referenced page:
Q:Can I register my cell phone on the National Do Not Call Registry?
A:Yes, you may place your personal cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. The registry has accepted cell phone numbers since it opened for registrations in June 2003. There is no deadline to register a home or cell phone number on the Registry.
By the way, should you decide to remove your name from the National Do Not Call Registry, simply do a reverse of the steps outlined in the above paragraph beginning with, “The third way…”.
I personally do not wish to remove my name but some people may have that desire. This article was about stopping telemarketing calls via the current methods in place. Telemarketing calls seem to always come at the most inconvenient times.
If you visit the referenced FTC website, they also have a procedure to make a complaint about telemarketing calls. They try to make it as easy as possible for you to stop being harassed by telemarketing calls.
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