stopping telephone solicitors

  1. I got this off a website that hosts the "do not call" lists for all states that have said list. I am amazed at who is excluded from this law. Basically, this is worthless..

    http://www.governmentguide.com/consu.../donotcall.adp

    Will this mean no more phone solicitations?

    No. Alabama's Do-Not-Call law prohibits some solicitors from calling you at home once they have your name. However, many groups and organizations can still call you without violating state law because they are exempt from this law. The law spells out 25 categories of people and/or organizations that can still legally call your home even if you're on the Do-Not-Call Register. The types of telemarketing calls that are exempt from the Do-Not-Call law include but are not limited to the following*:

    Solicitations for an isolated transaction not done in the course of a pattern of repeated transactions
    Calls for religious, charitable, political, educational, or other noncommercial purposes or someone soliciting for a nonprofit corporation, including rural electric cooperatives
    Calls from anyone who doesn't intend to complete a sale during the call or who doesn't make the major sales presentation during the call. Also, anyone who doesn't complete the sales presentation during the call but who completes the sales presentation at a follow-up meeting
    Solicitations from any licensed securities, commodities, or investment broker, dealer, or investment adviser
    Solicitations from any licensed associated person of a securities, commodities, or investment broker, dealer, or investment adviser, when soliciting within the scope of his or her license
    Solicitations for the sale of a newspaper, periodical, or magazine
    Solicitations for a book, video, or record club or contractual plan or arrangement
    Solicitations from a commercial bank, trust company, savings and loan association, mutual savings bank, credit union, industrial loan company, consumer finance lender, commercial finance lender, or insurer
    Solicitations from any licensed insurance broker, agent, customer representative, or solicitor
    Solicitations for the sale of cable television services
    Solicitations for some types of business-to-business sales
    Solicitations for sales or advertising in a catalog, periodical, or magazine of the seller's merchandise or ad purchasers, merchandise to prospective purchasers
    Solicitations for maintenance or repair contracts for goods that were bought from the solicitor
    Solicitations from a telephone company or utility company regulated by the Alabama Public Service Commission
    Solicitations for funeral services
    Solicitations from a licensed commercial telephone seller
    An issuer or a subsidiary of an issuer that has a class of securities subject to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. Section 781)
    Solicitations for telephone answering services
    Solicitations for transactions regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Solicitations for the sale of food or produce if for less than $500
    Solicitations to consumers who have an existing business relationship with the caller
    Solicitations from a retail business in operation for at least a year whose products or services are offered for sale at the place of business
    Solicitations for vacation time-sharing plans
    Solicitations from a telemarketing company with 75% of its contracts to exempt entities
    Solicitations for the sale of an annual publication of notable individuals
    *See 8-19A-4, Code of Alabama, 1975, for complete definitions of exempt entities. The list provided here for your information does not serve as a legal definition of commercial telephone sellers that are not subject to Alabama's Do-Not-Call law.
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   colleen10
    Hi Nurse 4 Kids,

    I live in PA where we just started the Do Not Call Program last fall and I have certainly noticed a decrease in un-solicted calls.

    I have been on the list since around Thanksgiving and since then I have not received a single un-solicited call. I even used to get those really annoying voice messages that would be left on my answering machine and eat up half a tape.

    The only calls that I have received, and which are legal, are calls from businesses that I have done business with like Sears warranty service, my bank, Fraternal Order of Police - Fundraising, etc.

    I think it is a great, free service and while it might not block out all calls it has definately cut down on the number of calls I used to receive. I defintately think it's worth it to take a couple minutes and go on line to register.
  4. by   RN-PA
    I also signed up for PA's Do Not Call list and like Colleen, have definitely noticed a decrease in calls. We still get some affiliated with our political party and maybe some charities, and also some nursing agency recruiters lately, but if it's someone that shouldn't be calling, I politely inform them I'm on the Do Not Call list and they get really apologetic.

    I love the service and know it works. We used to get at least a half-dozen calls/day and now it might be a couple calls/week, if that.

    Silence ~IS~ golden.
  5. by   Cynthiann
    Wow, I didn't know there were that many exempt from the no call lists.

    I signed up on my state's (Oklahoma) no call list last year and it was in effect this year. I have noticed a dramatic decrease in sales calls. I used to get calls at least 4-5 times a day from mostly credit card companies. Now I get a call once a week or every other week which are usually local companies, companies I already do business with or people doing surveys. I'm so glad I did it because before I hated answering the phone because telemarketers called me more than my own friends and family combined ever did.
  6. by   SingingNurse2
    I have just asked solicitors to take my phone # off of their list and I very rarely get sales calls anymore (Maybe 1 or 2 a month).

    If that doesn't work just start discussing religion with them and they'll never call back!^_^
  7. by   perfectbluebuildings
    We have had the No call list at home for a long time and it has worked really well. One thing that worked for one solicitor- my younger brother, about 14 at the time, picked up the phone and listened to the whole spiel in silence, then simply said "Huh?" They got confused and hung up and I do not think they called us back.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I just hang up. works well and no aggravation for me.
  9. by   gwenith
    Sometimes I hang up and sometimes I have fun!!!!! Here hot off the old brainpan is the "Top Ten ways to get the Telephone Salespersons to TAKE you off thier Lists!

    10. Pretend you are the answering machine "Leave your number at the tone - BEEP!"

    9. Pretend you are distracted by the children - tell them to hang on and then turn the TV up real loud while making intermittant comments like "If you kids don't stop that I will kill you" leave the phone off of the hook for about 10-15 minutes then come back on and in a high pitched voice say "Momee can't come back to the phone" and hang up.

    8. Start to sell them something - homemade strawberry jams say but here is the tickler - sell them at an outrageous price go on about how you grew the strawberries yourself and personally cut out all the bits the slugs and snails ate.

    7. Pretend you are paranoid - "You're from the CIA aren't you?" "I know you have been watching me through one of those spy satellites - you're watching NOW AREN"T YOU!!!"

    6. Pretend you are the dog "HMM HMM Pant pant WOOF WOOF WOOF" DO this loud enough and you will be sure to have the poor telephone salesperson ripping the recievers out of thier ears.

    5. Tell them you will call back and that you want thier name and address! Oh! and by the way comment on how NIIICE thier voice is.

    4. Pretend you are a different nationality - say Spanish keep saying things like "QUE? QUE? No understandings the Englishes"

    3. Pretend to be really stupid and have them explain and reexplain every sentence. "Now what was that you said you was selling again - I plumb forgot."

    2. Invite them around to your next balck magic ritual.

    1. Pretend you are in the middle of having sex. "Uh Uh Oh Oh OOOOH! Pierre you are magnifique tre bien!"
    Last edit by gwenith on May 7, '03
  10. by   Cynthiann
    Originally posted by gwenith
    Sometimes I hang up and sometimes I have fun!!!!! Here hot off the old brainpan is the "Top Ten ways to get the Telephone Salespersons to TAKE you off thier Lists!

    10. Pretend you are the answering machine "Leave your number at the tone - BEEP!"

    9. Pretend you are distracted by the children - tell them to hang on and then turn the TV up real loud while making intermittant comments like "If you kids don't stop that I will kill you" leave the phone off of the hook for about 10-15 minutes then come back on and in a high pitched voice say "Momee can't come back to the phone" and hang up.

    8. Start to sell them something - homemade strawberry jams say but here is the tickler - sell them at an outrageous price go on about how you grew the strawberries yourself and personally cut out all the bits the slugs and snails ate.

    7. Pretend you are paranoid - "You're form teh CIA aren't you?" "I know you have been watching me through one of those spy satellites - you're watching NOW AREN"T YOU!!!"

    6. Pretend you are the dog "HMM HMM Pant pant WOOF WOOF WOOF" DO this loud enough and you will be sure to have the poor telepphone salesperson ripping the recievers out of thier ears.

    5. Tell them you will call back and that you want thier name and address! Oh! and by the way comment on how NIIICE thier voice is.

    4. Pretend you are a different nationality - say Spanish keep say QUE? QUE? No understandings the Englishes

    3. Pretend to be really stupid and have them explain and reexplain every sentence. "Now what was that you said you was selling again - I plumb forgot."

    2. Invite them around to your next balck magic ritual.

    1. Pretend you are in the middle of having sex. "Uh Uh Oh Oh OOOOH! Pierre you are magnifique tre bien!"
    :roll

    One time I got a telemarketer to hang up on me because I questioned the offer they were making.They said I could have all kind of free stuff like a diamond watch and some other stuff just for sending me a package. I kept asking what's the trick, I know they are not going to send me something nice and expensive just for sending me some papers. After going back and forth a few times, they hung up on me, the nerve!

    BTW, hanging up on them never worked for me. So instead of calling in the middle of the day, they would call earlying in the morning and late at night instead.
  11. by   CountrifiedRN
    I am usually too nice to telemarketers because I hate to be rude to someone who is just trying to earn a living. Some seem appreciative of that and don't pester once I tell them I am not interested, but some think I am a push over and get really persistent. Then I either get rude, or if I can think of something witty I'll have some fun.

    Years ago I had a guy call to try to sell me a life insurance policy. He was very persistent and wouldn't give up. So, with the intention to have some fun with him, I asked if I could take a policy out on my husband. He said yes and started eagerly telling me about the amounts and the rates. I said, "Yeah, yeah, but what I really need to know is, does it cover accidental death? My husband and I are getting divorced because he cheated on me, so I need a policy that would cover, well, an accident . You know what I mean?"

    The poor guy was so flustered he couldn't even say a coherent word! So I said "Don't worry, they couldn't possibly tie you in as an accomplice!"

    He hung up, and I never heard back from him!
  12. by   P_RN
    "Hello.....No thank you for your time not interested take me off your list goodbye." Said in one breath followed by a hangup works for me.
  13. by   Brian
    Sometimes, I hand the phone to my 5 yo and let him talk their ear off, while I have a good laugh at his questions, like, "what's your name", "how old are you?" "what's your favorite color" etc.... he loves talking on the phone

    I also have noticed a signifcant decrease in solicitations since we have been on the "do not call list" It seems to be working well for us too.
  14. by   hoolahan
    We got the zapper, it works pretty well. That and the block unidentified callers feature on the phone, and we only get a few callers now.

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