STOP THOSE PESKY SOLICITATION PHONE CALLSSep 10th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women
Solicitation Calls Annoy Seniors
That phone call yesterday was annoying. However, it taught me a valuable lesson. With patience, seniors can often get those pesky phone callers to put you on their do-not-call list.
We had successfully gotten off all those telephone solicitation lists after having had the same telephone number for 15 years. Then we moved. And we got a new telephone number. And whammo! The solicitation calls started all over again.
They are selling everything from security systems for the home to a free vacation at DisneyWorld. One came yesterday for a plan to have a higher energy heating and cooling plan for our home. On a whim, I decided to hear her out.
Use the Do-Not-Call Phone List Service
At one minute and forty-three seconds into the call, she finally took a breath. (I think one of the qualifications for employment in solicitation-call companies is to be able to talk without needing to breath for at least a minute-forty-three.)
I politely said, “May I ask you a question?” She allowed as how that would be okay. I then asked her how I get my name and number put on her company’s do-not-call list. I told her I had been getting calls from her company for several months, usually just hanging up, but they don’t get the message. Sometimes when I started to tell them to stop calling my number, they just hung up.
She then said, very politely, “You just make a request to have your name and telephone number put on their do-not-call list, and they have to do that. They are required to honor your request.” She then said she put my name and number on her do-not-call list.
I politely thanked her and hung up.
The National Do Not Call Registry is a good place for seniors to start. You can register online, or by telephone. Registering means that your telephone number will be put on a list that solicitation callers have to check before they start calling. If your number is on the list, by law they cannot call you. If they ignore the list, they can be fined thousands of dollars. Non-profits are exempted from using this list, so you will still get calls asking for donations to various worthy causes.