Telemarketing and social media are becoming a way for many companies to reach out to people on mass scales to offer their products and services. This can become very annoying and even feel like harassment. As this industry and type of sales grows people need to become more cautious in protecting their information. There are laws to protect individuals from being constantly harassed on the phone and through email, but it is up to you to find out what needs to be done to maintain your privacy.
How They Get Your Information
In order for companies to call either your home or cell phone they need to first obtain some of your basic information. This can be as simple as getting your name and/or email address. Once they have some sort of way to identify you from the next person this gives them the legal ability to contact you. Many websites these days require you to enter some basic information to access their page or use their content. This is how they put you into the contact pool. Many people know this and try to enter information that will not put them in the direct line of fire. People on the other end are just as creative however and have ways of finding your information with the little amount you may have provided. Most sites will know when you are entering in a bogus email address for instance and will force you to correct it. It has become a constant battle between both parties: the solicitors and the public.
Ways to Prevent Being Contacted
Telemarketers are required to respect and obey certain phrases when they contact an individual. Almost everyone knows about the do not call list, and will tell the sales person to put them on that list. Once this is stated the solicitor no longer has the right to call your phone. Once your information has been entered into this National Do Not Call Registry, no telemarketer will have the ability to contact that number after a period of 31 days. There is a government website where you can enter your information as to prevent that first call from ever happening also. If you are contacted after placing your name on this list you can also go to the same website to file a complaint against that company.
Getting Thrown Back Into the Loop
Even though you may have put your name on the do not call list, your name can still be thrown back into the pile. Telemarketers rely on this and find ways to harvest your information online. Once you enter a name, phone number, or email address on a website or by mail you are throwing your name right back into the pile. This demonstrates renewed interest and will give them the ability to call you again, especially when you enter a new number or name. If you do not want to be contacted the best thing to do is never enter in any of your information online and to keep yourself updated on the do not call list. It will be a constant battle to keep your privacy and sanity from these sales tactics.