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Hang up on telemarketers

Quit waiting for the issues surrounding the federal do-not-call list to be sorted out. You can hang up on telemarketers now by simply telling them to stop calling.

The Direct Marketing Association, the oldest and largest national trade association serving the direct marketing field, has its own list of people who don't want to hear from telemarketers. Once you get your name on the DMA's Telephone Preference Service list, you should see a drop in those calls that always come as you sit down to dinner. The DMA says your name will stay on the list for five years.

The form letter below has what you need to get on the telephone preference list. Personalize it by entering your specifics in the areas in red. You can print out this Web page and make your changes by hand or copy the body of the letter and paste it into a document where you can make your changes on your PC.

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Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter to inform you of my decision to register with the Telephone Preference Service. You will find my personal information listed below.

In order to stop the calls as quickly as possible, make sure the information here is accurate: your full name, street address, apartment number, city, state, ZIP code, telephone number. And don't forget to sign the letter.

I would like for the cessation of telemarketing calls to take effect immediately.

Thank you for your time and prompt attention to my request.

Your signature
Your printed name
Your mailing address
City, State and ZIP Code

-- Posted: Oct. 23, 2003
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