Monday, August 25, 2008

Hanging Up on Telemarketers

If you hate telemarketers as much as any other sentient life form does, then you're likely looking for ways to get rid of them. For those in the United States, the best way is to add their phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry. You can do this in one of two ways:
  1. Visit and sign up.
  2. Call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to place on the list.
This will get you on the national list, which should stop most calls. Numbers placed on the registry remain there unless the subscriber voluntarily removes them or unless the number is disconnected. This is a change from the original law, which had allowed numbers to expire from the list after five years unless the subscriber renewed them.

Some states also maintain lists of their own, and if you are a resident, you can also sign up with them.
There are exceptions, such as charities, politicians (of course), and companies you have done business with. But remember that organizations that do telemarketing have to maintain their own do-not-call lists, and, if one of the groups exempted from national and state lists calls you, you can tell them to place them on their internal list.

Those of you living in other parts of the world can register with your nation's registry. Here are some countries that maintain such lists:
If you know of any other state or national lists, feel free to post a comment with a link, and I'll add them.

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