Putting an End to Unwanted Tele-Marketing and Prank Calls
We’re all familiar with those annoying telemarketing calls that interrupt us at dinnertime, with persistent sales people rallying for our money. These calls can be disruptive, annoying, and even offensive at times. Luckily there are ways you can not only get telemarketers and prank callers off your back, you can also prevent them from calling you again by following a few easy pointers. As an individual, you have a right to privacy and a right not to be harassed by annoying calls while at home, at work, or even via your cell phone. Take proactive actions to get these ruthless companies and people off your back, and you will be able to enjoy your free time without the worry of unexpected and unwanted telemarketing and harassing phone calls.
Telephone Marketing Calls
When a telemarketer calls, the first thing you should do is let them know you are not interested. Do not let them finish their entire sales pitch, but instead politely interrupt them and tell them no. Then, you need to inform them that they need to put you on their “do not call list.” By doing this, you are legally protecting yourself from them calling again, and they must obey your wishes. If the caller continues to call, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, notifying them of annoying and relentless calls. By law, companies cannot continue to call you if you’ve specifically asked them to put you on their do not call again list. Keep a record of any unwanted calls you receive so you can use the date and time when you file the official complaint. If companies do not comply, they can face serious fines and penalties. Remember that you can take action against these annoying telemarketers so that they do not continue to call you, and so that they follow the proper rules and do not annoy others either.
- Guide to Eliminating Unwanted Telemarketing Calls – Learn about telemarketing calls and how to prevent them.
- The National Do Not Call Registry – Register your phone number here to be added to the National Do Not Call Registry.
- How to Stop Telemarketers – Read here to find out how to stop telemarketers.
- Illegal Robocalling – There are laws in place to stop robocalling; find out more here.
- Protect Yourself from Telemarketers – You can do things to protect yourself from telemarketers.
- FAQ’s About the Do Not Call Registry – Check out some Frequently Asked Questions about the National Do Not Call Registry.
- Telemarketers and Your Personal Health Information – Laws are currently in place that do not allow telemarketers to ask about your health history and information.
- FAQ’s for Telemarketers – This page has some FAQ’s designed for telemarketers.
Harassing and/or Prank Phone Calls
A harassing phone call is a call that you receive at odd times, or that you receive repeatedly after specifically asking the caller to stop calling you. Often, people ask callers to stop calling them, and the person lets up temporarily, only to continue calling ruthlessly later on. This is defined as a harassing call. Other types of calls include prank calling, which means the caller is speaking to the other person in a manner that is either offensive, wrong, or that is meant to embarrass them or play a trick on them. This type of phone call can also be classified as harassing. Much like telemarketing calls, there are things you can do to put a stop to harassing and prank calls. Local phone companies should be notified if you are getting harassing calls. The phone company can block the phone number, making it impossible for the harasser to call you. If the problem persists, you should notify the local police. Sometimes, the caller can be charged and prosecuted in extreme cases.
- Harassing Phone Calls – Learn about your right to privacy and freedom from harassing phone calls.
- Tips – Read here for some tips about how to prevent harassing phone calls.
- Telecom Harassment – Here are just a few examples of cases where people have dealt with harassment via telephone.
- Advice When Dealing with Phone Call Harassment – This page has some good tips to help you deal with this situation.
- Quick Tips – Read here for some quick tips on how to deal with a prank or harassing caller.