Oh, for the love of f!*@, can we really not do anything about telemarketers? Looks like all we’re left with is the advice Dave Barry gave us — calling the American Teleservices Association as often as possible at the toll-free (to you, but not to them!) number (877) 779-3974 — and giving telemarketers a piece of their own action.

Update: it appears that the ATA has changed its number! The new number is: (866) 500-4272. How funny, though, that they changed their number, something that the millions of people that their members annoy really don’t have the luxury of doing…

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“We’re sorry, the number you have dialed has been disconnected…”

• Posted by: Dan on Sep 25, 2003, 11:10 AM

Heh! It wasn’t when I called, and sure enough, there’s a new number. I should e-mail Dave Barry with it; in the mean time, I’ll update the post itself.

• Posted by: Jason on Sep 25, 2003, 11:21 AM

Remember, there is no way to block the receiver of a toll-free call from getting the calling phone number (they *are* paying for it, after all). So, rather than dial from one’s home number, it might be worthwhile using a pay phone to provide greater anonymity.

The fact that the receiver of a toll-free call has to pay about 24 cents to the owner of the pay phone is completely incidental to this recommendation.

• Posted by: David Singer on Sep 26, 2003, 12:23 AM

I’ve been trying to call the new # and all I get is a busy signal.

• Posted by: Mike on Sep 26, 2003, 9:23 AM

Jason Levine is mad about the end-around the American Teleservices Association did this week by filing suit to stop the “Do Not Call” list, set to begin October 1. He passed on Dave Barry’s advice: call the ATA and…

• Pinged by Life Outtacontext on Sep 27, 2003, 3:11 PM

Dave got’em again: 317-816-9336.

• Posted by: Graham on Oct 5, 2003, 4:58 PM
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