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Getting, and staying, on the do-not-call list

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WILMINGTON -- If you signed up for the national do not call list when it started in 2003, you were supposed to re-register this year. But that's no longer the case. NewsChannel 3 explains what's keeping telemarketers from ringing you forever. Wilmington resident C.C. Hensley said, "We received a lot of calls from telemarketers primarily during the dinner hour and it's been wonderful not having that interruption now." Hensley is one of the more than 145 million Americans who have signed up for the national do not call list since 2003 to stop unsolicited calls from telemarketers. Originally everyone was going to have to re-register their numbers every five years, but not any more. Financial advisor Ross Marino said, "The good news for you as a consumer is, if you signed up for the do not call list you will not have to log back onto the FTC web site and sign up once again." Marino said, "The FTC was worried about numbers that were assigned to somebody else or that were disconnected and there'd be this huge list that nobody would know if the number would be active or not." So the Federal Trade Commission figured out a way to keep up with which numbers are disconnected or have been assigned to somebody else. "If your cell phone or land line number is already on the list, you're done," Marino said. "But if you change numbers, get a new one or never registered before all you do is go to, click 'register now,' enter your phone number and e-mail address then click a link on an e-mail you get." Three steps to avoid unwanted interruptions. Hensley said, "It means less hassle and one less thing to do in this busy world today." For more information on the national do not call list visit

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Political Calls - There is a way to stop them

These calls are an epidemic and are invading the privacy of All American Voters. Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at Here is a quote from a member this morning: "I find it very frustrating... I tend to get calls at the WORST time. I have a one year old daughter, and it NEVER fails that the phone will ring when I put her down for a nap or for bed. Also my vote is PRIVATE... so who do you think you are calling with a survey to find out who I am voting for!!! Stop calling me." Regards, Shaun Dakin CEO and Founder


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Turn it around!

After years of being aggrivated by these annoying calls, I found a way to enjoy them. With a "Mr. Haney" vocal impersonation, I attempt to sell the solicitor a 1983 Buick that I have in my back yard, and I do not let them get a word in edge wise. I keep it going for as long as I can (without busting out in laughter) with all of the wonderful features this junk car has. Most solicitors are required to NOT hang up, so the longer I can keep it up the better. I've been transfered to supervisors and I get to start right back from the beginning of my sales pitch. It ties their time up and believe you me, they won't call you back. Here's a copy of an e-mail I received not too long ago, enjoy! Three Little Words That Work!! (1) The three little words: "Hold On, Please..." Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt. Then when you eventually hear BT's "beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset .... you have efficiently completed your task. These three little words could help eliminate telephone soliciting. (2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end? This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is then used to determine the best time of day for a "real" salesperson to call back and get someone at home. What you can do after answering: If you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialled the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!!! (3): When you get those "pre-approved" letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope. Most of these come with postage-prepaid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular postage "IF" and when they are returned. It costs them nothing if you throw them away! In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-prepaid return envelopes. Send an advert for your local chimney sweeper to American Express . they might need one! Send a pizza coupon to HSBC ... in case their canteen packs up. You get the idea. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them back their blank application form ... after all, it is their form! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you return. You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them, and it is their envelope after all are just returning it!!!! The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the post, but hey ..... we need to OVERWHELM them, in order to stop them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it ... Twice! Let's help keep Royal Mail busy. Since the Royal Mail are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, let's help them so they will not need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea! If enough people follow these tips, it will work ---- maybe you'll get very little junk mail anymore

Turn It Around!

This works 100% and here in Fayetteville, Tennessee, I have been doing this and telling all my friends. Thanks for a reminder! Have a great day and God Bless you.

do not call

WE only get calls from companies we do business with like our credit card company calling to get us to agree to ANOTHER one of their cards at a better rate etc. I do not understand... if its so great why they do not just switch me automatically but, yeah right. I let them go through their whole speech and then I just say "No Thanks" ~click~. Most of the time they are from India and I can barely understand them at all. We are on the DNC list and have been since they started it. Seems to work so far.


started torquing my buttons was when I started getting these maggots calling me at WORK. I HATE telemarketers...I rate them up there with terrorists! If you work as a NEED to find another line of work...because people hate you.