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Tips on How to Avoid Telemarketers

Signing up for the Do Not Call Registry may be free, but it doesn't come without it's flaws. Perhaps the biggest loophole is this...just because you sign up for the do not call list today, doesn't mean you'll stop getting calls tomorrow.

In fact, it could take up to three months before the law requires companies to stop calling you. Don't be surprised if the person, or machine, on the other end of the line is a telemarketer, even if you've put your cell phone number on the do not call list. "If it's a business cell phone, the law doesn't require companies to obey the Do Not Call list, so if it's listed as a business number, you should know that doesn't get any protection," says Ken Colburn, President of Data Doctors.

If it's a personal cell phone or home phone, though, there are ways to report telemarketer violations. You can go to www.callercomplaints.com and type in the offending number. It's illegal for telemarketers to list their number as blocked on caller ID, and if they do, there's a no fault way to find out whose calling... Just log onto www.800notes.com. If you want to pull a fast one on telemartketing companies, pay close attention. That is, as long as you don't mind having this..... As the first thing on your voicemail message. When automated machines call your number and hear that sound, they are tricked into thinking your phone has been disconnected, and they won't ever call you again. All you have to do is download the sound, put your phone to the computer speakers and press record. To put this sound on your voicemail, go to www.datadoctors.com/disconnect.wav.  Much to telemarketer's chagrin, it really is that easy. To sign up for the National Do Not Call list, go to www.donotcall.gov.

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