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How to Stop Telemarketers from Calling

If you want to stop telemarketers from calling, use this guide and try a multi-pronged approach.


  • Step 1: Use your ID feature Purchase a phone with a caller ID feature. Let any unrecognized calls go to voice mail. If it's important, they will leave a message and you can call back.
  • Step 2: Answer the call Answer the call but cut them off and say: "I'm not interested." If they ask for a person, even you, tell them they're not home and won't be for a long time.
  • Step 3: Fake them out Use the phone company's message about disconnected numbers. Hearing this, the autodialing telemarketing company may remove you from their rotation. These recordings can be found online.
  • TIP: Online sites offer telemarketer tracking software.
  • Step 4: Call them Call the company to directly notify them to cease and desist. Send a certified letter with the same message to drive the point home.
  • Step 5: Get put on Do Not Call list State clearly: "Put me on your Do Not Call list." They are required by law to honor this for 10 years. Request a written copy of this policy from them, which the law obligates them to provide.
  • TIP: Register at
  • Step 6: Ask for respect Interrupt their spiel and ask them to be respectful of your privacy. Be polite though -- after all, they need their job, and are not the ones orchestrating the invasion.
  • FACT: Telemarketers may only call between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

You Will Need

  • Caller ID
  • Bluntness
  • Disconnected phone message
  • Letter-writing skills
  • Registry on the Do Not Call list
  • Internet access (optional)

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