Stop Telemarketers From Calling

You might not know it, but there are things you can do to keep telemarketers from calling. When they do get through to you, here's how you keep them from calling again.

Many people assume there's nothing they can do about telemarketers who also seem to call during dinner, a weekend sleep-in or on your way out the door. However, just because you have a telephone doesn't mean they have the right to call you. You are the one with rights and with a little investigation, you can get these annoying calls blocked. You can also be firm in demanding that they not call again and take you off their list.

First, find out what's available as far as "no call" lists and the like in your area. Some states have these lists and require telemarketers to make sure they're not calling numbers on it. It's even illegal for phone solicitors to call numbers on the list in certain states.

Even if there isn't a list or program that bars telemarketers from calling, you can reduce the repeats and the volume of phone solicitations you receive. By simply requesting that a telemarketer not call again and remove your number from their calling list, you're less likely to get a repeat from them. You don't need to be rude, but you also don't have to listen to a sales pitch or script. Just interrupt the caller and politely ask them to do it. It's not a bad idea to ask for their name""they're more likely to follow through on what you've requested. If calls continue, tell them you believe it's harassment and tell them you will contact authorities""the FCC, the Better Business Bureau. If a certain telemarketer continues, you should in fact contact the authorities.

If all else fails, there's always the old-fashioned method of screening calls through an answering machine. Most telemarketers won't leave a message, and people who are honestly trying to reach you will. Also, keep in mind that if you do business with a company that uses phone solicitations, you're more likely to have your number passed on to the next one.

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