How to Make $500 Off a Telemarketer

Start by asking for a copy of company's 'do not call' policy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2011 2:02 PM CDT
Updated May 8, 2011 5:48 PM CDT
It might pay to be familiar with telemarketing rules.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Looking for a little telemarketer revenge? The Consumerist has just the thing: It points out that telemarketing companies are required to send you a copy of their "do not call" policy upon request. If they fail to do so, you can sue for $500. The site also points to a sample script from someone who has worked this particular magic.

Another piece of advice: If you have to give out a phone number for a credit card application or contest form or whatever, make it your cell number and be sure to label it as such. If a telemarketer calls your cell, it could be another $500 penalty.

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