Upgrading My Life 101 – Bye Telemarketers

Logo for the United States National Do Not Cal...

Logo for the United States National Do Not Call Registry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s lesson.  What did I learn today and how did it improve my life?

Today I’ve learned of a way to possibly rid my life of telemarketers.  This is will be a huge upgrade to my life because everyday, all day long, our home phone rings.  It’s not our close friends and relatives calling, it’s telemarketers.  Starting early in the morning and coming to a stop late in the evening.

Frustrated by this nonsense, I’ve decided to put an end to this annoyance!  By the way, I’d like to make it clear that I don’t have anything against telemarketers personally.  I understand they’re just doing their job, but this has got to stop!

I’ve done some research and have come up with the name of a website that should help.  The National Do Not Call RegistryThere is no cost.  Supposedly once you register, which can include up to three phone numbers you would like blocked from telemarketers, within 31 days the calls should stop.  If the calls don’t stop, you can return to the website and file a complaint.   Here is an article by the Federal Trade Commission explaining why they should stop.  Once you are placed on the Do Not Call list and 31 days have passed since you have registered, it’s against the law for them to call.  Those telemarketers that do call will have to pay fines.  You’ll find more helpful information in this article called Straight Talk About Telemarketing which is also found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

I’m going to register right now.

I’m back.  It was very simple and fast.

  1. Put your phone number(s) in.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. Check your email.
  5. Click on the link you’re provided in the email.
  6. You’re done!

I’ve made a note of this on my calendar and will keep track of the calls we receive over the next 31 days.  After that time frame has passed, I will answer all calls.  Even the 800 numbers.  Then gracefully take down their information per the conversation.  When I’ve gotten the name of the company, the phone number, and name of the person calling written down, I will tell them to put me on THEIR Do Not Call list.  As well as, inform them that I’ve registered at the National Do Not Call List over 31 days ago.

In the end, my guess is that all the calls won’t stop.  The goal is to greatly reduce the number of calls we’re receiving.  As of right now, it’s at least fifteen calls daily (Mon.-Sun.)  Some days more, some days less.  To those of you in the same situation, good luck!  May this article find you well and get you on your way to peace and quiet.  If you know someone going through this, pass this information on to them.  They will thank you!  Believe me.

Lastly, I hope to do a follow-up post on the outcome of my actions taken and where it’s gotten us.

Thanks for stopping in!

***UPDATE 9/12/2012***

It works!  So far, almost all the calls have stopped!  A few randoms now and again are ok by me in comparison to what we were receiving.  I’ve got to be honest, I really didn’t think it would work, but I’m so glad it did!  Good luck!!!  =)