Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Do-Not-Call List update you need to read.

Do you miss those annoying telemarketing calls? I didn't think so.

Well, there's a new ploy to get you to accept those calls again. The Nevada Attorney General's office says telemarketers are getting around the do not call list by promising free "consumer information". Sneaky, huh?
Here's how it works: You may get a card or document in the mail that asks you to sign and return it so you can get "free information" about a particular product. But those mailers, according to the AG's office, also include language that could allow companies to by-pass the Do Not Call list and make unsolicited telemarketing calls. Chances are it'll happen just when you're having dinner.
Senior citizens are often targeted. Some mailers claim "certain government benefits" are going to change, or that consumer groups encourage people to have their medical, retirement, or probate plans reviewed. It's a scare tactic to get seniors to fill out the card and send it in. Often these mailers are made to look like they are from a government or consumer group. Watch out! Once you send that card in, expect to get calls from businesses selling investments, insurance and other financial products. By sending in that card, you're agreeing to get these calls.
Speaking of the Do Not Call List, Congress has not made the registration permanent, yet. That means you have to renew your phone numbers every 5 years. The majority of phone number registrations were done when the list was created in June 2003. You can renew at ANY time, you do not have to wait until the 5 years are up. Registering your phone is easy and always FREE.
You can renew one of two ways:
If your number is registered on the Do Not Call List for at least 31 days, and you're still getting calls from a non-exempt telemarketer, file a complaint! You can do that at www.donotcall.gov, just look for the "File A Complaint" button. Or by phone, 888-382-1222. Either way, you'll need to provide the telemarketer's name or phone number, the date the telemarketer calls, and your registered phone number.
The bad news. There are some exemptions to the Do Not Call List. The following groups are allowed to call people on the Do Not Call List:
Political Parties (You knew the people who passed the law would include themselves on this list!)
Those companies you have an existing relationship with
Those companies you've given written permission to contact you
Telephone Surveyors
More information about this? http://www.ag.state.nv.us/

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