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  • Hundreds per Second Register for "Do Not Call" List

    06/27/2003 11:01:14 AM PDT · by w_over_w · 40 replies · 348+ views ^ | June 27, 2003 | Associated Press
    Do Not Call Registry Busy On First Day For Signups Some Unable To Access Web Site Friday Morning POSTED: 7:56 a.m. EDT June 27, 2003 UPDATED: 10:11 a.m. EDT June 27, 2003 WASHINGTON -- Officials say the response to the new national "do not call" list was overwhelming Friday morning, but insisted the system can handle it. The new registration system is designed to help Americans block unwanted sales calls. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris said that in the first few hours, an average of 108 people registered every second. But he insisted the system won't be overloaded, and...
  • Register for the National Do Not Call Registry!

    06/27/2003 6:48:31 AM PDT · by PeaceCorpsGuy · 96 replies · 263+ views
    National Do Not Call Registry Jump over the navigation menu directly to the content. Visually Impaired? Try the toll free number 1-888-382-1222. Registry Home Register A Phone Number Verify A Registration Delete A Registration More Information En Español File A Complaint Privacy and Security WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY Most telemarketers cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register your home and mobile phone numbers for free. Your registration will be effective for five years. If you register Most telemarketers must stop calling and...
  • Launch of 'do-not-call' list rushed

    06/03/2003 10:16:04 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 14 replies · 201+ views
    AP ^ | Monday, June 2, 2003 Posted: 10:30 PM EDT (0230 GMT) | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators are speeding up the launch of a national do-not-call list that will block many unwanted telemarketing calls.</p> <p>The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that telephone registration for the free service will be available nationwide in early July, nearly two months earlier than originally planned.</p>
  • Prosecution planned under do-not-call law

    02/09/2003 11:12:04 AM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 170+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 9, 2003 | Brad Bumsted
    <p>HARRISBURG — State Attorney General Mike Fisher is expected to announce this week the first prosecution of telemarketers for illegally contacting consumers who are on the state's do-not-call list.</p> <p>"There will be many more (prosecutions) to follow after this first action," said Barbara Petito, a deputy press secretary for Fisher.</p>
  • Consumers To Get Help Avoiding Telemarketers

    12/18/2002 6:53:02 AM PST · by steve-b · 63 replies · 367+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 December 2002 | William Glanz
    <p>The Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce new rules today to make it easier for consumers to ward off calls from telemarketers.</p> <p>The FTC will propose creating a nationwide do-not-call list that puts consumers off-limits to telemarketers, industry sources said.</p>
  • Fox faces anger over Tom Cruise voicemail ads

    12/04/2002 10:47:44 AM PST · by GeneD · 8 replies · 241+ views ^ | 12/04/2002 | Claire Cozens
    Rupert Murdoch's Twentieth Century Fox is facing a furious backlash from film fans who have received unsolicited phone calls to promote the video and DVD of its Tom Cruise movie Minority Report. The film giant this week launched Britain's first voicemail message campaign to persuade film buffs to buy the movie. It marks a significant development in the aggressive world of direct marketing - consumers have had to tolerate junk-mail on their door mat for years, and are now battling with the electronic equivalent, spam emails - but it is believed this is the first time anyone has attempted a...
  • My Wife Hung Up On The President!!

    11/04/2002 12:03:02 PM PST · by BraveMan · 16 replies · 241+ views
    November 4, 2002 | BraveMan
    While I was at work, engineering a way to make a small portion of the world a colder place (as my position in industrial refrigeration demands), I received a call from none other than President George Walker Bush. Instead of attempting to conference the call to my work line, my wife (whom I love dearly) HUNG UP ON THE MAN! Oh, the humanity! There were so many things I wanted to discuss! My positions on the Kyoto Treaty, Faith-Based Initiatives, Compassionate Conservatism and the War On Terror would have been of much interest to him, I am sure. Perhaps the...
  • Telemarketing scam

    10/31/2002 5:56:28 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 94 replies · 412+ views
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    Sorry if this post doesn't fit this category but I hope to prevent as many as people as possible from getting scammed. I received a telemarketing call from someone professing to be from a magazine clearinghouse and sweepstakes company. The caller said the name so fast that I didn't catch the exact name. I told the caller that I wasn't interested in ordering magazines but he interrupted me before I could get the whole sentence out and started naming off magazines I could get for 3.35 a month. After a few minutes of this I hung up only to have...
  • Gore: Bush's Iraq war push makes world more dangerous

    09/23/2002 2:03:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 102 replies · 746+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9-23-02 | IAN STEWART
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --  Al Gore harshly criticized President Bush's push for war against Iraq, saying Monday that it weakens America's effort to combat terrorism and forever could damage the nation's standing in the world.</p> <p>"After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore said. "We've squandered that, and in one year we've replaced that with fear, anxiety and uncertainty, not at what the terrorists are going to do but at what we are going to do."</p>
  • Hang up on federal nannies

    09/19/2002 10:23:31 AM PDT · by steve-b · 24 replies · 193+ views
    USA Today ^ | 19 September 2002 | John Berlau
    <p>With all of the problems in the USA and the world, it would be nice to believe that the federal government is focusing its time and our money on the most pressing dangers to the well-being of the American people. But time and again, the government instead wastes valuable resources on trivial pursuits. This appears to be the case with the two federal agencies that have jumped in with plans to save Americans from an imminent threat: telemarketing.</p>
  • Gore Eyes 2004 Run

    09/18/2002 11:39:53 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 7 replies · 299+ views
    The Portsmouth Herald ^ | 9/17/02 | Shawn Macomber
    PORTSMOUTH - With the drama of last week’s midterm primary barely past, the stage is already being set for 2004. Apparently, Al Gore is interested in reprising his role. Sunday night reports began circulating that Gore has confided to his top aides that he will take another shot at the presidency. Almost immediately, people in the Gore camp denied the reports. With scheduled stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and the focal point of the 2000 election, Florida, it’s hard not to see Gore is preparing another presidential bid. The Portsmouth Democratic headquarters is still strewn with the mementos of Gore’s...
  • Who actually received the most votes in Florida's 2000 presidential election?

    09/04/2002 5:43:28 AM PDT · by do not delete · 99 replies · 2,336+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | Lance deHaven-Smith
    Al Gore. State election officials ultimately declared George W. Bush the winner by a margin of 537 votes, but during and after the election dispute, questions remained about the uncounted ballots of 175,010 voters, ballots that had been rejected by error-prone tabulating machines employed in many Florida counties. Confusion and conflict, much of it generated by partisan intrigue, prevented these ballots from being counted during the election controversy. However, in 2001 every uncounted ballot was carefully examined in a scientific study by the University of Chicago, which concluded that when all the votes were counted, more votes had been cast...
  • Democrats to 'robo-phone' voters

    07/22/2002 6:05:23 AM PDT · by not-alone · 17 replies · 183+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Monday, July 22, 2002 | George Bennett
    Palm Beach County Democrats are getting ready to invest big bucks in "robo-phoning." The party will spend about $50,000 in start-up costs for a high-tech system that tracks voter information and uses a computer to place phone calls to voters
  • FTC Official Faces Industry Music (Telemarketing)

    06/28/2002 6:37:01 AM PDT · by steve-b · 7 replies · 224+ views ^ | 24 June 2002 | Scott Hovanyetz
    PALM BEACH, FL - Eileen Harrington, the Federal Trade Commission's point person on the national do-not-call list and other proposed rules, went into a den of telemarketers Friday and got an earful of complaints. But Harrington, who met with industry representatives for a roundtable discussion at the DMA Teleservices Conference 2002 held here at The Breakers hotel, gave back as good as she got. "You don't have a lot of credibility, to be perfectly honest," Harrington, the FTC's director of marketing practices, told the audience of approximately 50 telemarketers. If telemarketers had adhered to the present rules, which give each...
  • Telemarketers Hear Ring of Truth

    06/11/2002 12:27:53 PM PDT · by tdadams · 104 replies · 402+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | June 11, 2002 | Andrew Ferguson
    <p>Option One is to make it illegal for telemarketers to call people who have listed their names on a new national ``Do Not Call'' registry sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. Option Two is to find out who is making the call, drive over to his house and burn it to the ground.</p>
  • Zen and the art of telemarketing

    05/16/2002 5:44:28 AM PDT · by steve-b · 27 replies · 170+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 May 2002 | Solveig Singleton
    <p>Thomas Jefferson advised: When angry, count to 10 before speaking. Mark Twain, added: When very angry, swear.</p> <p>Few things make some people angrier than unwanted telemarketing calls. So the Federal Trade Commission is considering doing what 31 states have done by creating a federal "do not call" list.</p>
  • Newspaper association asks FTC for exemption

    04/30/2002 5:09:53 AM PDT · by bleudevil · 1 replies · 148+ views
    Newspaper association asks FTC for exemption Newspapers should be exempt from national "do-not-call" regulations proposed by the Federal Trade Commission, according to the Vienna-based Newspaper Association of America. "As well-known corporate citizens" of their local communities, it is in newspapers' best interest to avoid the abusive telemarketing practices targeted by the FTC's proposed regulations, says John Sturm, CEO of the nonprofit newspaper industry group, in a statement. But it apparently is in newspapers' best interest to continue telemarketing, as well. "With nearly 60 percent of new subscription sales generated by telemarketing -- the single largest source of new subscribers --...
  • Seattle man has telemarketer's number: he gets apology and $500

    04/10/2002 7:04:11 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 209+ views
    Ben Schroeter, a Magnolia paralegal and live music Webmaster who hates telemarketing calls, knows that holding companies accountable can be a long, weary struggle. So he was stunned when his e-mail complaining about an automated message left on his answering machine yielded a $500 check and an apology two weeks later. "Usually, you have to at least file a suit before they're going to pay up," said Schroeter incredulously. Ben Schroeter received $500 from telemarketer DHS Enterprises in Ohio. Paul Kitagaki Jr. / Seattle Post-Intelligencer Under state law, automated dialing and announcing devices that dial a residence and play a...
  • Telemarketing 'National Do Not Call List' poll at

    04/04/2002 7:41:45 AM PST · by ChadsDad · 8 replies · 280+ views
    www.Vote.Com ^ | 04/04/02 |
    Dear voter, Tired of receiving telemarketing calls? The Federal Trade Commission is considering a proposal that would let you put a stop to them! Under the new rules, the FTC would let people put their phone numbers on a nationwide do-not-call list. Telemarketers would not be allowed to call anyone on that list, and could be fined for breaking the rules. Log on to to tell the FTC if it should create a do-not-call list! When you vote on this issue at, your opinion will be automatically sent to the Federal Trade Commission! Consumer groups say that new...
  • Democrat Tele-fundraiser on Gray Davis: "He's the A-- We Know"

    03/25/2002 11:09:20 AM PST · by L.N. Smithee · 22 replies · 139+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/25/02 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    <p>MARCH MADNESS: The election is more than seven months away, but the state Democratic Party is already jamming the phone lines with its telemarketing pitch.</p> <p>And what a pitch it is. One person on the receiving end tells us it kicks off with the caller -- clearly reading from a script -- delivering a rapid-fire warning of the danger posed by Republicans, especially gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon.</p>