Letters: Keeping tabs on telemarketers
David Lazarus’ piece on unwanted commercial calls really resonated with me, since I’m one of those who has recently experienced a marked increase in such calls in spite of being on the federal government’s Do Not Call Registry.
These calls are so annoying that I decided to take action. I resolved to report each and every such call to the Federal Trade Commission, even though its website says it’s not going to do much about it.
Here’s what I do when I get an unwanted commercial call: I pretend I’m interested and get the caller to give me the name, address and telephone number of the company. I then take this to the FTC site and enter it.
My guess is that, at most, these companies will get a slap on the wrist. The solution might be for more people to report their unwanted calls to the FTC.
Yes, the Do Not Call Registry seems to be useless.
I too am again being bombarded. Many times, it’s someone purporting to be a contractor, saying something like, “We talked last January and you told me to call back.” Untrue, since I usually remember that kind of conversation.
But the upside to having a real person making this call is that I have a screaming whistle right by the phone to give the caller a good earful before hanging up. They tend not to call back.
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