Protect Yourself from Telemarketers
There are steps you can take to free yourself from the hassle of telemarketing calls. You can:
- Tell companies you do business with to remove your name from customer lists that they rent or sell to others. Look for information on how to opt out of marketing lists on sales materials, order forms, and websites.
- Contact the two free services provided by the Direct Marketing Association to remove you from most national telemarketing, mail, and e-mail lists. For information on how to do this, please visit Privacy: What You Do Know Can Protect You.
- Call the credit reporting agencies' notification system at 1-888-567-8688. This will reduce the number of unsolicited credit and insurance offers you get. All three major credit bureaus participate in this program.
- Register with the federal government's Do Not Call Registry. It's a free and easy way to reduce telemarketing calls.
- Contact your state consumer protection office to find out if your state has its own Do Not Call list and how you can add yourself to it.
Please note: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) that tells telemarketers what they can and cannot do when making a sales call. You may wish to file a complaint with the FTC by calling them at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or by using their Online Complaint Assistant.
Need More Information? Try These Additional Resources:
- The Do Not Call Registry
- Text Message and Wireless E-mail Spam
- Tips to Reduce Telemarketing and Junk Mail
- How to Stop Unwanted Mail
The short link for this FAQ is http://1.usa.gov/nX5aV1