Have you noticed, maybe my perception, that the number of telemarketer calls to home and cell phones has been increasing – and from an increasing number of telemarketers that don’t identify themselves on caller ID? Have you already listed your phone numbers on the FCC Do Not Call list?
If you need your phone to only ring with legitimate calls, there is apparently a curative approach to getting people to stop calling you. The FCC publishes some guidance on Unwanted Calls and on the options and what the callers must provide you – or they are supposed to get fined.
Here is an excerpt:
What You Can Do
The FCC can issue warning citations and impose fines against companies violating or suspected of violating the do-not-call rules, but does not award individual damages. If you receive a telephone solicitation that you think violates any of these rules, you can file a complaint with the FCC. There is no charge for filing a complaint. You can file your complaint using an online complaint form. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries & Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Now, I haven’t gone through the whole process yet, but I assure you I will be submitting every call that comes in where I can provide the information necessary to get it resolved. Hope this helps. I suspect that if people get active in providing information to the FCC, and the FCC follows up, we might all have quieter work environments so that we can generate productive results and improve the economy. Just sayin’