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Tele-Slime Beware


DNI LetterThe attached letter was in my mailbox last week. (click on the image to view full size) It warms my cockles. Tennessee has one of the strongest anti-telemarketing laws in the nation, far stronger than the national one. TN actually takes police action against teleslime, fining them $500 for each violation.

As can be seen in the letter, an investigator is assigned to each case. As part of my complaint, I signed a form allowing them to access my phone records. I had written down the time span of the call so all they have to do is look at my records and pick out that call.


I had a nice conversation with this investigator. He reiterated the advice in the letter and I have a few more tips.

It took me probably an hour and a half to find the form, download and print it and fax it back (no email, darn!) Some folks would argue that it wasn’t worth it. Bunk! Finally we have a law with some teeth in it but the teleslime victim has to start the process before the state can chomp on the teleslime. I think that it was some of the best time I’ve spent in recent time.

The law is working. That was the first teleslime call that I had gotten in several months. Ahhhh, the sound of silence.

Now if I can only get CVS Pharmacy to change their number since it now differs from mine by only one digit. I think I’ll just start taking their refill orders and forgetting about ’em. :-)


Posted by neonjohn on January 4th, 2009 under Current Events

One Response to “Tele-Slime Beware”

  1. Bruce Says:

    What burns me lately is I’ve been getting recorded phone spam saying, “This is your final notice …”, usually for some sort of bogus auto waranty, at my home number, cell number, work number. If you hang on a real person comes on the line, but the caller IDs are bogus. Some of my numbers I’ve never given out. It appears to me they’re being done by zombie voip networks. The cell phone calls really irk me. There’s always a caller ID number and I tried setting the ringtone for these numbers to “silent”, but they use different numbers every time.


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