Re: Jim, Tell me how to do this! - Posted by Jim Locker
Posted by Jim Locker on January 22, 2001 at 18:38:41:
The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act makes it possible for you to collect $500 from telephone solicitors who won’t leave you alone, but I was doing it before that act was passed.
I used to do it like this: Telephone pest calls and identifies self. If he doesn’t identify self, ask questions until you know who he is and who his company is. Then, I would inform him that; “I have a sideline business, and that business is that I listen to the pitch of a telephone solicitor. I will not purchase, ever, but I will offer critiques if asked. The cost of this service is $500. If you proceed with this call, you incur the charge, or if you EVER call back, you incur the charge. Do you wish to proceed?”
Of course, they don’t proceed. So after the call, I send them a letter (certified) that tells them in writing what I told them on the phone. (computers make all this pretty easy, especially when your flow of business takes you to the post office frequently anyway.
So eventually, they call again. Then you politely inform them that they HAVE just incurred the charge, and tell them that you will now listen to their pitch. Invariably they are thrown off stride, and usually hang up.
Then you send them a bill. When they ignore it, you send them a demand for payment. When they ignore it, you sue them in small claims court. It works.
But with the telephone consumer protection act, none of it is necessary. When they call you the first time, you inform them that “per the requirements of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, I am ordering you to put me on your ‘no call’ list, and to send me a copy of your policies pertaining to not calling people who don’t want to be solicited.” If they fail to comply, sue them in small claims court. If they do comply, file the papers where you won’t lose them. Then when they call you again, demand payment. When they don’t pay, sue them. This is how I got AT&T.
You will also get a lot of ideas from www.privacy.org and from www.junkbusters.com