Telephone marketing is a huge deal in the United States. Unfortunately, it can be taken to excess by some companies which is why a recent feature in America is the Do Not Call List.
If you’re new to caregiving you and your parent may be at home all day, a prime target for telemarketers. If you and your care receiver have had enough of irritating and potentially dangerous sales solicitation calls from telemarketers, add your telephone numbers to the National or state Do Not Call Lists. This is a good idea for several reasons:
- It is annoying and time consuming to be interrupted by telemarketers all day.
- People may be talked into paying fees for prizes.
- There is a risk of revealing social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal information to crooks.
The National Do Not Call List is a function of the American Federal Trade Commission. There is no cost to enroll. For information on identity theft and other consumer issues, select For Consumers. There are a few exceptions to the national list, including calls from charities and political candidates. Telephone solicitation is less of an issue in Canada, Australia and the UK.