Zeldin Offers How To Guide to Preventing Telemarketers

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Congressman Lee Zeldin is combating those pesky telemarketers from calling at all hours, with the release of a new fact sheet. His goal is to educate and inform constituents on how to prevent unwanted telemarketer calls.  The fact sheet even covers what to do when an alleged scam artists use a fraudulent rouse that could be used to solicit money or private information.

Congressman Zeldin states that illegal calls are getting through the “Do Not Call” Registry by using a computer to dial numbers, from anywhere in the world. Currently, the Do Not Call Registry prohibits sales calls, which telemarketers can bypass by spoofing the caller ID information.  In the How To fact sheet, the Congressman lays out the steps to take if you have been the victim of harassing phone scam.

How To Prevent Unwanted Telemarketer Calls & Scams:

  • Tell the unwanted callers that you do not consent to the call. Then make a record of the number and file a complaint with the FCC at 1-888-225-5322. There is also a hotline at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report calls (1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). Option 2 is to speak with a representative).
  • Contact your phone provider and ask them to block the number. Also ask them if they charge extra for this service. It doesn’t make sense to pay an extra fee to block numbers, being that telemarketers often change Caller ID information.
  • Robocall-blocking technology now legally exists and is available for your use. If you use robocall-blocking technology already, let your phone company know which numbers are producing unwanted calls so they can help block those calls for you and others.
  • Register with the Do Not Call Registry online at www.donotcall.gov, or by calling toll-free – 1-888-382-1222 – from the phone number you wish to register. You may register up to three numbers at one time.
  • Explore free online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Don’t purchase any service until reviewing the application’s privacy policy on protecting your personal information.
  • If you have an iPhone, Android, or other type of smartphone, you can also utilize the cell phone’s individual call blocking service. For example, for an iPhone, if you determine a number is from a spam caller, tap the “i” on the number that just called your mobile device and scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “block this caller.” All phone numbers that are manually blocked will appear under Blocked Contacts. Methods for blocking calls vary according to the specific device; you can contact your provider for further instructions.

Current Efforts to Block Violators’ Calls:

  • Under a new initiative announced by the FTC, when consumers report Do Not Call or robocall violations to the agency, the robocaller phone numbers consumers provide will be released each day to telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are implementing call-blocking solutions.
  • Filing complaints to the FTC brings more cases. While the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, each complaint helps the FTC investigate the company and has led to successful law enforcement action.
  • The FTC has been teaming with the private sector, offering rewards for companies that come up with a technical solution to filter out illegal calls. Last year, the FTC challenged contestants to create tools people could use to block and forward robocalls automatically to a honeypot – a data collection system that researchers and investigators can use to study the calls.

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