Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Do Not Call Registry

The Telemarketing Sales Rules (TSR) has been amended by the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) to help consumers decide on whether to receive telemarketing calls or not. About ten years ago, on October 1, 2003, private citizens can opt to receive telemarketing calls or not. Most telemarketers should not be calling your number when it is listed on the Do Not Call Registry for 31 days. Should they call you, you can file a complaint at concerned agencies.

The Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade commission. It was created after 3 years of reviewing the TSR and seeing that it needed to be empowered to help private citizens have an option regarding telemarketing calls which have become rampant. It is intended to help the people protect themselves from unwanted telemarketing calls and possible telephone spams. Many meetings, and briefings were held by the agency to get feedback from parties that might be interested and reviewed over 64,000 public comments to assess whether to create the registry or not.

When you register your phone number to the registry, it will show up a day after. The telemarketers then will have 31 days to remove you from their list. If you change your mind after a while and decide to take your number off the list, you can request appropriate action for this by calling 1-888-382-1222. After the call, the registry will remove your number from their list and this will take effect the day after your call. Again, the telemarketers have 31 days to include your number again to their own list if they wish to add you.

You may also register by phone but you will not receive a confirmation. To verify, you need to register online at to see if your number was listed in the registry or call its toll number at 1-888-382-1222, follow the prompts, and verify whether your number is registered or not.

When your phone number has been registered for 31 days and you get unwanted calls, you can file a complaint. You should know however, that even if your number has been registered, you may be still be called by political organizations, charities, and companies which you do business with unless you have asked them to stop calling you. Also, debt collectors may continue calling you whether you have been registered or not. If you have any complaint about a debt collector's call, make sure you know and research on conditions on which you can file a complaint against them before filing one.

The Do Not Call Registry is meant to help and protect private citizens against unwanted calls that can hinder their privacy and daily schedules. Make use of them properly and be informed on how it can help you and your family.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Verify Phone Numbers of Online Entertainment Bookers

There is another ongoing fad today about entertainment for company parties and events. The fad is also being used even for private affairs and fund raising campaigns. This is the online entertainment brokers. They are mostly seen online offering entertainment to many interested companies and private individuals. The advertisements are really enticing and promising anyone who sees them will surely contract their services.

The best thing to keep in mind when clicking on these ads is to never give your personal numbers. Else, you will be bugged by many unsolicited calls offering you so many things and services you will not even remember having been interested with. When you get such unsolicited calls, first sensible thing to do is to reverse lookup the caller and the number that called you.

These online entertainment brokers do make legal business, if they are the genuine ones. If you need their services, it is wise to ask for recommendations and do extensive research. Sometimes, it is not enough to check out the portfolio. You should also background check to be sure.

You can only make yourself safe in contracting services via the internet and the telephone because of the many ongoing spam and scam today. Yearly, millions of dollars are being pocketed by phone scammers. Everyone should only be very informed and protective of himself and his family.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Verify Phone Numbers of Dance Choreographers

Dancing is a great and entertaining form of art and most people really enjoy it. In local communities, there are groups of ladies, mostly belonging to the older generation, who makes dancing their hobby and form of exercise. It is a fantastic way to lose weight and enhance stamina. Beside the fact that it is a fun way of exercising.

This is one reason why dance choreographers have made this one of their sources of freelance projects. It pays well and the ladies love their services. Of course, as with any other freelancing service, this can also be a reason for spamming potential clients. If your ladies group is interested in contacting a dance choreographer, for any purpose at all, make sure you screen and verify those that call you to offer their services.

You should not be too trusting as these people can talk you out of your wit. Spammer can be charming and deceptive so you should always watch your back. It is always safe to verify the number and the caller before contacting services. It is great also to just hire those trusted ones from recommendations of trusted friends and family.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Verify Phone Numbers of Accounting Service Agencies

Accounting services is needed by any entrepreneur. It is a requirement in running a legit business. With accounting, legal financial statements are being prepared and accomplished. Tax reports are done promptly. Record keeping of income and expenses are done efficiently by a competent accountant.

There are companies that have their own company accountants. Some contract accounting services to take care of their financial statements. Some others hire a freelance CPA. Whatever option one chooses, there is an accountant available for a business' accounting needs.

Both freelancers and agencies might use telemarketing to offer accounting services. If you happen to get a call, you should always reverse lookup the phone number that called. If it claims to be an accounting firm, verify if the phone number is really from that office. Verify also the identity of the telemarketer if he or she is an official representative of the agency. If the caller says he or she is a freelancer, the more that you need to know and verify the identity and the phone number. 

Once verified, you may make a report to FTC and police if you find that the call is a spam. What you can do to protect your identity and yourself as a whole is to not entertain the call, not to give out your personal numbers, and never pay for anything or give your credit card number to the caller. This way, you protect yourself from being stolen of your identity and your hard-earned money.

Involve your family and your friends in the incident. Share to them what happened. This is crucial for you and your family's protection. This can also help them get protected form calls like this. This is a type of story that you need to share more to others so that people are aware of such spam. This can spread the word and maybe, with this step, incidents of telephone spams can be lessened and more people will be protected from this crime.