• Screen your calls through your answering machine or ask your phone carrier about “blocking” services that prevent unknown phone numbers from reaching you. Learn about services and strategies to protect your privacy rights.
• Be aware that telemarketers making prohibited calls to Do Not Call registrants are subject to a $16,000 fine. “Often, if you mention that fact with a threat to sue, that stops telemarketers from calling you again,” says Lammé.
Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.