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    Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Question: How do I keep my phone number private from tele marketers?

    Answer: You can get yourself put on the Do Not Call list, https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx or you can sign up with an inbound voice mail service like this free one, http://www.privatephone.com. Use your inbound voicemail number on all your sweepstakes form submissions.

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Saw this on the news a few days ago and forgot to post it:

    Phone Numbers to Drop Off 'Do Not Call' List

    'Do Not Call' Registry

    You probably thought putting your phone number on the “do not call” list would put an end to the telemarketer's sales pitch.

    But that peace and quiet will soon come to an end for millions of people.

    In June, that peace may be disturbed.

    That is when the five-year window expires for those who registered for the national "do not call" registry in 2003.

    For the millions of people who signed onto the list in its early days, their numbers will automatically drop-off beginning next June if they do not register again.

    to Register Your Phone Number Online
    http://www.donotcall.gov/

    Or Call Toll Free (888) 382-1222
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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Thanks for the update.

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Also remember that by doing business with a company (including sweepstakes) you authorize them to contact you. I'm not sure what the time limit is but they are not breaking the law by calling you after you've done business with them even if you are on the Do Not Call list.

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers


    Quote Originally Posted by sweepsadv View Post
    There are a few internet voice mail services out there that will give you a number to use and you get your messages via email or on a website.

    You could use this number for your entry.

    http://www.privatephone.com/

    http://www.efax.com

    http://www-voicemailtoemail.com/



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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    The government has decided to not let the do not call list expire so if you are already on the list you do not need to call again.

    for once, common sense came to the rescue! :sunny:

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Last week I got a call from a Michigan number. These people had the last 4 of my social. They had my credit report. Wanted to lower my interest rates. They even argued with me on how much I owed. I don't remember the name of the company., was too upset on how much of my info they had. They said they were working with my credit cards. I knew better. I called my credit card companies and they said they weren't working with anyone. I tried calling the number back and it said it was disconnected. It seems many shady companies from who knows where uses that number as an exchange number. Beware of anyone calling from 248-987-5656 or any number you don't know from 248 area code! I went and signed up for the do not call list and they called me again today from 248-405-2214, didn't answer and when I called it back it said not in service. This really TICKS ME OFF!!!! :cussing:

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Quote Originally Posted by sweepsadv View Post
    Question: How do I keep my phone number private from tele marketers?

    Answer: You can get yourself put on the Do Not Call list, https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx or you can sign up with an inbound voice mail service like this free one, http://www.privatephone.com. Use your inbound voicemail number on all your sweepstakes form submissions.

    Those links are much helpful for me because I got some problems about privacy of my number to the tele marketers. Lucky to read this post. I came up here when I browse internet pertaining on the topic that you've discussed.

    Have a good day everybody.

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    Quote Originally Posted by rere1961 View Post
    Last week I got a call from a Michigan number. These people had the last 4 of my social. They had my credit report. Wanted to lower my interest rates. They even argued with me on how much I owed. I don't remember the name of the company., was too upset on how much of my info they had. They said they were working with my credit cards. I knew better. I called my credit card companies and they said they weren't working with anyone. I tried calling the number back and it said it was disconnected. It seems many shady companies from who knows where uses that number as an exchange number. Beware of anyone calling from 248-987-5656 or any number you don't know from 248 area code! I went and signed up for the do not call list and they called me again today from 248-405-2214, didn't answer and when I called it back it said not in service. This really TICKS ME OFF!!!! :cussing:
    We get calls quite often from non existent numbers. They usually start out "Hello, this is Rachel from credit services" I have pressed one and asked not to be called anymore, or yelled at them, or even swore at them in subsquent calls (as I got madder and madder about the calls :error: ) There is no way to get rid of them. I ALWAYS answer my phone but have learn to hang up immediately.

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    Re: Keeping Phone Number Private from Tele Marketers

    I screen all calls. I mean ALL calls! My ringer is off, and the volume is on 1. I have Cox, so the phone # shows on the TV, so if I hear mumbling, I look up and when it's long distance I don't recognize, I look up the phone # online.

    99.99% of the time, it's "Hello, this is Rachel from credit services" or carpet cleaning services. I treat these calls like I do spam/phishing attempts - like I'm dead. :laughing:

    They give up when they *never* get a response - it just takes a week or so. :crazytongue: :whistle:

    Responding to them {like with spam} just validates they got a live person, and they will NEVER leave you alone once they find that out!!! :nono: :cussing:
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