Consumers - Fight Back With FTC's Do Not Call Registry

Written by James H. Dimmitt

The Federal Trade Commission has rolled out it’s National Do Not Call Registry andrepparttar registration site already has over 700,000 registrants. This is great news for consumers who have grown tired of annoying sales calls by pesky telemarketers.

Consumers can register online at You can register up to three personal phone numbers at one time. This is a free service established byrepparttar 113513 FTC and your “do not call” registration is good for a 5-year period.

Additionally, a toll-free number is also available for those who want to register by phone. The toll-free number is 1-888-382-1222. You must call fromrepparttar 113514 phone number you want to register when usingrepparttar 113515 toll free registration service.

The toll free number is only accessible to those states west ofrepparttar 113516 Mississippi River inrepparttar 113517 initial week of registration. The program will spread nationwiderepparttar 113518 following week.

Telemarketers will be required to “clean” their call lists by matching their list againstrepparttar 113519 national “do not call” list every 90 days starting in September 2003.

Companies who call listed people will be subject to fines of up to $11,000 per violation. Enforcement will begin in October 2003. You will be able to file a “do not call violation” complaint online or by phone.

Over two dozen states already have their own “do-not-call” lists and most of these states plan to incorporate their lists intorepparttar 113520 national registry. If your state is one of them, you do not need to re-register forrepparttar 113521 national registry.

STOP Telemarketers Dead In Their Tracks

Written by Jim Edwards

Picture this: you're sitting down to a quiet meal with your family one evening.

Just as you reach forrepparttar mashed potatoesrepparttar 113512 phone rings.

It might be your mother calling with news onrepparttar 113513 upcoming family reunion, so you make a mad dash forrepparttar 113514 phone just in time to catch it beforerepparttar 113515 answering machine picks up.

As you wipe mashed potatoes offrepparttar 113516 front of your best shirt you hear an unfamiliar voice onrepparttar 113517 line start pitching you about aluminum siding.

You've just experienced what many call "telemarketer hell!"

But, thanks to a new service offered byrepparttar 113518 FTC (Federal Trade Commission), this little scenario should happen much less often inrepparttar 113519 coming year.

Telemarketers may finally face a law they can't bypass when it comes to calling consumers onrepparttar 113520 phone to solicit business.

By harnessingrepparttar 113521 power ofrepparttar 113522 Internet to eliminate layers of paperwork and delays,repparttar 113523 FTC createdrepparttar 113524 "National Do Not Call" registry where consumers can register not to receive unsolicited sales calls.

Thoughrepparttar 113525 law exempts certain political, charitable and other organizations, it does cover professional tele- marketing companies and those calling on behalf of those organizations.

Afterrepparttar 113526 plan gets fully implemented in October 2003, any company found violatingrepparttar 113527 law will face fines of up to $11,000 per call.

Despiterepparttar 113528 factrepparttar 113529 registry does not eliminate all unsolicited calls, it does seem a wise move to sign up (unless you enjoy chatting with telemarketers over your mashed potatoes).

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