How to Stop the Telemarketing Phone Calls
Like junk mail, telemarketing calls can be both frustrating and time-consuming, and in the case of cell phones, costly. Fortunately, there is state and federal legislation meant to protect your right to privacy. Here are some tips to keep your digits out of the hands of telemarketers.
The Colorado No-Call List (for Colorado residents)
In 2001, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation to protect residents from unwanted telemarketing calls. In 2003, wireless numbers were added to the list. To learn more about the Colorado No-Call list and to add your residential, wireless, or fax phone number, visit www.coloradonocall.com.
The National Do Not Call Registry
This national registry is sponsored by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. You can register your personal phone numbers, including cell phones, by visiting www.donotcall.gov or calling 888-382-1222 (TTY:866-290-4236).
However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, do not call lists do not apply to all solicitations. Exempt from the regulations are calls or messages placed with the consumer's prior expressed permission, by or on behalf of a tax-exempt non-profit organization, or from a person or organization with whom the consumer has an established business relationship. An established business relationship exists if you have made an inquiry, application, purchase, or transaction regarding products or services offered by the person or entity involved.
Finally, be sure to take advantage of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. It requires that telemarketers who call or fax you must put you on a "do not call" list– IF you ask. Keep a record of your request. If they call again within one year you can sue them in small claims court. One lawsuit netted an irate customer over $1,500 in damages.