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June 10, 2013
Slowing Telemarketers

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Find out what you can do to stop receiving those annoying dinnertime telemarketer calls.


It never fails: You're just sitting down to dinner when some annoying telemarketer calls. If you haven't already done so, register your phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry.

Just be aware that charities, political organizations and survey companies are exempt from Do Not Call regulations. Also exempt are companies you've done business with in the last 18 months and their affiliates, unless you specifically request to be removed from their lists. To be safe, re-register if your phone gets turned off due to lack of payment or you move, even if the number doesn't change. Telemarketers have 31 days to update their lists so it can take a while.

Bottom line: While not perfect, the Do Not Call Registry will at least reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive.

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