Goodbye Telemarketers?

Dread that annoying phone call right at dinner time? New rules you should be aware of in 2009!

Today more that 172 million phone numbers are registered with the National Do Not Call Registry.

News blast!  Your phone may ring less often next year.  Responding to thousands of comments, the Federal Trade Commission recently set new limitations on prerecorded telemarketing sales, barring almost all of them unless a consumer agrees –in writing- to accept them.

•  The ban takes effect on Sept.1, 2009, however…. interim relief is available.  Started December 1, 2008, telemarketers now must allow you to opt out at the beginning of a call by pressing a designated telephone key or talking to a voice-activated system.

•  The rules are aimed at companies trying to sell something such as credit cards or extended warranties.  They will not affect automated informational messages such as reminders about doctor’s appointments.

•Pre-recorded charitable fundraising calls are allow allowed. Although at the time of the call, charities must offer the opportunity to opt out of future calls.

The rules do not apply to businesses regulated by other federal agencies such as banks, or pre-recorded political messages.

So – just say no to your machine if not interested!