The Consumer Ethicist: Stop The Telemarketers!

I have been getting a lot of calls from a number on my cell phone. I know its a telemarketer, so I don’t answer anymore. My cell phone number is on the “do not call” list, if that means anything… I guess not.

What can we do to get these places to feel our pain? I have been checking out the website and found some info out on my number that keeps calling me. With email, address, phone numbers I was thinking of signing all these people up to as many free offers as I can find. But I thought maybe you guys would have some better advice on what to do.


Dear Nick,

While signing up the company for bestiality subscriptions might make you feel righteous, it certainly won’t teach the telemarketer a lesson or solve your problem…

Here’s a thought: pick up the phone. Ask them to take you off their list. You might be amazed at how well this works.

If it doesn’t, use that contact information you have to call them or write them a letter with your request. Also, you’ve already signed up for the Do-Not-Call (DNC) list, which is great. Now, employ the second function of the DNC and report the offending telemarketer here or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

If they still don’t stop, you might take a lesson from this reader

Most consumer problems are best addressed with head-on action, not hiding under a pillow and concocting fiendish revenge strategies.