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Here’s How Telemarketers Keep Getting Your Number

Reader's Digest Logo By Lauren Cahn of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 11: Telemarketing (soliciting business by means of a phone call) is legal, provided the telemarketer complies with the law, including the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Consumer Protection Act. You might be surprised to learn that the Act prohibits:

 	calls to your home before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
 	robocalling without your prior written consent
 	robocalling without an opt-out mechanism
 	all calls that don't identify the caller, who they're calling on behalf of, and contact info for such person.
 	calls to anyone on the Do Not Call Registry (other than exempted calls).

How is it that telemarketing is even legal?

Telemarketing (soliciting business by means of a phone call) is legal, provided the telemarketer complies with the law, including the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Consumer Protection Act. You might be surprised to learn that the Act prohibits:
  • calls to your home before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • robocalling without your prior written consent
  • robocalling without an opt-out mechanism
  • all calls that don't identify the caller, who they're calling on behalf of, and contact info for such person.
  • calls to anyone on the Do Not Call Registry (other than exempted calls).
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