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Telemarketers and the FTC Complaint - Why don't they stop them

Review by CJGirone2001 on 2011-10-06
I have submitted about 100 phone numbers to the FTC regarding telemarketers. I have been on the Do Not Call list for years. How come they are still calling and why hasn't the FTC done anything about it. Try to call the FTC and all you get is the automated voice system. When are they going to do something about this!!! Your tax dollars at work!
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-10-06
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-10-06:
Telemarketers are everywhere, including Canada, and most are unsavory. Their efforts are more geared at how not to get in trouble doing it illegally, then complying with the unprofitable and restrictive Telemarketing sales rules. The FTC just can't chase them all down. It's like trying to fight email spam. Best to just hang up or screen calls.
BTW, also note that non profits do not have to follow DNC lists, so if you have any charities soliciting you, they are not even regulated by the FTC.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-06:
My suggestion is if you don't utilize caller ID and ignore calls that you know are likely telemarketers, have some fun with them!

1. Invest in an air-horn
2. Every time they start to talk, say "What?"
3. Set the phone down and walk away.
4. Ask them if they can hold for a second and then wait 5 minutes. If they're still there, repeat until they hang up.
5. If you have a fart machine, use it. I guarantee this one is hilarious.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-06:
You need to resubmit your info to the DNC list every five years, and then it can take about 30 days for the companies to get the updated file with your name/number.

Remember, every time you enter your information on some website, it can be mined. Also, of course, nonprofits are exempt from the DNC stuff - I really wish politicians were, too.

Personally, I wouldn't blow a whistle in the phone. Someone on the other end is just doing their job, trying to pay the bills. Also, if they can demonstrate that you damaged their eardrum, they might have a case against you. (Seems like I read something about that a while ago, but I can't be sure.)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-06:
Actually, you do not need to re-register every 5 years. That changed a few years ago, now once you register it's permanent unless you remove yourself.

If I ask an organization not to call me and remove me from their call list and they don't, then they are violating my rights and may be subject to an air horn if it becomes necessary to get my point across.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-06:
That's good to know about the numbers not expiring.

Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-10-06:
I usually listen to those voices and use the most vulgar language they tell me.
Posted by raven2010 on 2011-10-06:
Also keep in mind if you have done business with the company in the past, if it is a political organization, a non profit, or calling for a "survey" they can "ignore the DNC list unless you tell them specifically not to call you.

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt107.shtm

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