We all know how difficult it
can be to deal with telemarketers,
and sometimes it feels like they'll never stop calling
you back. But now, former telemarketer Erica Elson
is speaking out, sharing her secrets in the August
issue of Reader's Digest.
Elson says it's easy to get callers off your back
if you know what not to do.
First, she says not to just hang up. Ignoring the
call or hanging up mid-conversation will only put
your name right back on the call list.
She also says not to engage the telemarketer, even
to explain why you're not interested. Elson says any
conversation opens the door to another sales pitch.
She adds to never tell telemarketers to call you back,
because they will.
"Even if you say something like 'I'm in the middle
of dinner,' that means 'oh I shouldn't call at 6 p.m.,
so I'll try them in the morning,'" said Elson.
So, if you want telemarketers to stop calling, Elson
says to politely ask to be added to the "do not call"
list. Asking to be added to the list will ensure that
company stops calling you.
But if you want to take things even further, you can
go online and put your name on the National Do Not
Call Registry. That website is www.donotcall.gov.
It is illegal fro companies to call you if you are
on this list.
Elson says the important thing is to remain polite,
but not too friendly,
and never reveal personal information.