Why You Must Fight Telemarketer Harassment

Telemarketers are eager to sell their products and will sometimes engage in harassing phone calls despite efforts by the US government to criminalize this type of behavior. Even if you are listed on the "Do Not Call" list, a telemarketer might still choose to call you. You may have the right to compensation for harassing phone calls.

Why You Deserve Compensation

When laws are put in place, the only way they can be effective is if consumers take action when the law is violated. A harassing telemarketing phone call might occur while you are having dinner or spending time with your family. The last thing you want is to have a conversation with a telemarketer who is trying to sell you a product you do not want.

Some telemarketers will even resort to calling several times a day. Unwanted phone calls can be very distracting and stressful. There are even some customers who have been pressured into purchasing products they would otherwise not buy. 

What You Need to Know

You are able to have yourself added to the Do Not Call list by registering online. Once you have been added to the list, you will be there permanently. However, you have the option to opt out if you ever decide you want to receive these calls again in the future. The telemarketers are responsible for checking to make sure that you're not on the list and you do not have to take any further actions.

How to Put a Stop to Telemarketers

The first step to take is to make sure that the telemarketer is not exempt from the Do Not Call list. Political organizations and charities are allowed to call you. Also, organizations with which you have an established relationship may still call you. You will need to have been in contact with them voluntarily within the last 18 months for the organization to be exempt.

Make sure to write down the various tactics that the telemarketer might use to pressure you to purchase the product. In some cases, telemarketers have even resorted to threats. You may receive an automated robocall in which a computer calls your phone. They may use information that is available about you on the Internet to pressure you. They may claim that they are following up about a product you recently inquired about. 

Once you have recorded everything that has happened, speak with a telemarketing harassment lawyer. With the evidence gathered by you and your lawyer, you may be entitled to compensation for each violation.