I keep getting phone spam from this one number and it finally got to me. I went and registered on the (US) National Do Not Call Registry. The process was amazingly simple.
- First you type in your phone number.
- Then an email address.
- Then you click on a link they send you.
Done. For a government web site, I was impressed with its simplicity. Wait 31 days and then if I still get phone spam, I can file to have them fined of up to $11,000. Well, there are cases where companies have paid more.
Another relatively unknown fact is that the bill that introduced the Do Not Call Registry also created a law that allows private citizens to collect money from telemarketers.
For each violation of the act, consumers can sue for a $500 penalty. Violations include calling after a consumer has told a company to stop, or failing to provide the consumer with a copy of the firm’s Do Not Call policy.
Neat, huh? Stupid telemarketers.