If you are looking to stop or reduce telemarketing calls, here are three things you can do:
If you continue to receive calls 90 days after registering with The Telephone Preference Service, Do-Not-Call Registry, or asking a company to place your number on their Do Not Call list, you can write the Consumer Protection Bureau at NH Department of Justice, 33 Capitol Street, Concord, NH 03301-6397. They can be reached at (603) 271-3641. Be prepared to provide your name, address, and telephone number, as well as the name of the company and date of the unwanted call.
The Consumer Protection Bureau suggests you keep a log of these types of calls. You may also file a complaint with the FTC by visiting their website at www.ftc.org, or by contacting them at 1-877-382-4357. Complaints can also be filed with the FCC via email at email@example.com, or by visiting www.fcc.gov, or by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-TELL-FCC TTY).
*Registration on this list will not prevent calls from nonprofit organizations, political groups, polls, and companies you already do business with.
The FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule requires certain disclosures and prohibits misrepresentations. It gives you the power to stop unwanted telemarketing calls and gives state law enforcement officers the authority to prosecute fraudulent telemarketers who operate across state lines.
The rule covers most types of telemarketing calls to consumers, including calls to pitch goods, services, “sweepstakes,” and prize promotion and investment opportunities. It also applies to calls consumers make in response to postcards or other materials received in the mail.
The following information can help you determine if you’re talking with a legitimate telemarketer or a scam artist:
Fight telephone fraud. Report telephone scam artists to your state Attorney General. The Telemarketing Sales Rule gives these local law enforcement officers the power to prosecute fraudulent telemarketers who operate across state lines.
To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4262.