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Sun, May 19

Letter: ‘Do Not Call’ me


Most people I know get several unwanted telephone solicitations each day even though their phone numbers are on the “do not call registry.”

They all consider this a major annoyance. You too?

Do you wonder how the telemarketers are able to get away with this?

When a telemarketer dials your number, the caller-ID that shows on your phone’s screen is nearly always a fake number, so it is impossible for you to report them to the FCC; thus, making the “do not call registry” virtually useless.

According to the FCC this “spoofing” of the caller-ID information is perfectly legal and can’t be punished as long as no harm to you is intended or caused – but isn’t invasion of our privacy a form of harm? Does a telemarketer have a unilateral right to make our phone ring? I don’t think so.

Please write to your Congressional representatives and to Mr. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, at, tell them to make spoofing illegal and restore the enforceability of the “do not call registry.”

Bill Hezzelwood



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