Do Not Call Registry does not apply? Important Information!

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I was just reading a post by Jim Crawford about a scam call he received on his cell phone and it prompted me to write this post.

Since cell phone numbers were made public, I made sure to register mine on the Do Not Call Registry. Since it is used for business, I had my cell phone number on my web site. But I kept getting solicitations from miscellaneous real estate services who were trolling the internet for suckers, I mean Realtors to harrass. Each time I received one of these solicitations, I told them they were calling a number on the Do Not Call Registry, and unless they were calling to buy or sell real estate, they needed to stop calling me. And each time, they would apologize and hang up, immediately. 

But here's a new story. The last one that called me informed me that the rules of the Do Not Call Registry do not apply when calling from business to business, when the number is posted in an advertisement or on a web site.
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I read the rules on the official site of the Do Not Call Registry and this is absolutely not true!

So the next time some fool calls and wastes your mobile minutes, then feeds you a load of crap, you can inform them that their information is false, and refer them to this web site, or you'll report them so they can pay an $11,000 fine!

Man, I hate it when someone lies to me! I abide by the rules and so should they!

 

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Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ

Lisa,

Out here in Arizona, we just "get a rope!" Kidding aside, this stuff goes on, and most folks never complain, preferring to just hang up. There oughta be teeth in those laws!

June 10, 2007 10:57 PM
Rainer
15,645
Doug McAnally
Working Hard to Make your Experience Easier
RCP Realty Group, LLC

Is your cell phone listed as your business phone?

June 10, 2007 10:59 PM
Rainmaker
592,493
Lisa Hill
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Florida Property Experts

Patrick, They haven't met me yet!

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June 10, 2007 10:59 PM
Ambassador
1,859,187
Judi K Barrett
Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma

My cell phone is my business phone.  Does that make a difference?

June 10, 2007 11:03 PM
Rainmaker
592,493
Lisa Hill
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Florida Property Experts
Judi, You can read the rules on the link I included. They're pretty easy to understand. And I just posted one more article about registering your cell phone. The link is included there also.
June 10, 2007 11:07 PM
Rainmaker
592,493
Lisa Hill
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Florida Property Experts
Douglas- No. It WAS listed on my personal web site, as my cell phone. 
June 11, 2007 12:58 AM
Rainmaker
654,045
Jim & Maria Hart
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Brand Name Real Estate
These solicitors will keep calling until they finally do get fined.  I've never heard of anyone actually having to pay, but that doesn't mean that they haven't.  Some of them just think they're above the law.
June 11, 2007 11:38 AM
Rainmaker
592,493
Lisa Hill
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Florida Property Experts
Jim & Maria-  I actually think that many of them just have the mentality of a slimy sales person who uses old-school, pushy, sales tactics; The kind that defies the type of professional image we want to convey.
June 11, 2007 12:17 PM
Rainer
67,262
David Helm
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Helm Home Inspections
This is just one of the hazards of being in business.  The best thing I can think of is to hang up immediately.  It seems to always be easy to tell when it is one of these scammers.
June 12, 2007 08:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Don Fabrizio-Garcia
Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate
Fab Real Estate

Unfortunately, I believe they are allowed to call our home office/cell numbers, if those are the numbers we use in advertising.

From the rules you linked to:

Your organization qualifies for one or more of the specific exemptions contained in the FTC's and FCC's rules, such as:
...
4. you only make business-to-business calls.

These calls count as business-to-business calls.  The DNC is for residential calls.

I know it stinks, but we're stuck.

June 12, 2007 11:37 AM
Rainer
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Sybil Holcomb
Ayres Realty
I hate getting all those solicitations.  Seems like I get 3-4 per week.  I did get on the do not call registry and I think I will use your idea of telling them that and hanging up.  Thanks for the tip.
June 24, 2007 05:28 AM
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