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Here’s How Telemarketers Keep Getting Your Number

Reader's Digest Logo By Lauren Cahn of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 11: Most telemarketers purchase phone numbers from third party data providers. Here's how those providers may have gotten your number, according to the Better Business Bureau:

 	You called an 800, 888, and/or 900 number (they use caller I.D. technology and collect phone numbers).
 	You applied for credit.
 	You contribute to charities.
 	You're a registered voter.
 	You bought anything, or entered any contest, and gave your phone number in the process.
 	Your phone number is on your checks.
 	You call a business, and they have caller I.D. (which, you should assume they do).

How did they even get your phone number?

Most telemarketers purchase phone numbers from third party data providers. Here's how those providers may have gotten your number, according to the Better Business Bureau:
  • You called an 800, 888, and/or 900 number (they use caller I.D. technology and collect phone numbers).
  • You applied for credit.
  • You contribute to charities.
  • You're a registered voter.
  • You bought anything, or entered any contest, and gave your phone number in the process.
  • Your phone number is on your checks.
  • You call a business, and they have caller I.D. (which, you should assume they do).
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