North Carolina has a law that will help residential customers handle telemarketing calls. This is what the law says:
•At the beginning of each call, the telemarketer must clearly identify himself and the business or entity that he represents.
•At your request, the telemarketer must provide you with a telephone number or address where you can reach him.
•You may request to have your name removed from the telemarketer’s calling list, and the telemarketer must take all necessary steps to remove your name and telephone number from the list.
•No telemarketer may call your home after 9:00 PM or before 8:00 AM.
•No telemarketer may knowingly use any method to block the display of his number on your Caller ID box.
•This law does not apply to telemarketing calls made by or on behalf of tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations or to telemarketing calls made to business customers.
HOW TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CALLS PLACED TO YOUR HOME
If a telemarketer calls you, you can ask that your name be removed from his calling list and placed on his DO NOT CALL LIST and the telemarketer must comply. Your request should stop all calls from the person or business that placed the call. But you may need to make this request each time that you receive contact the Telephone Preference Service of the commercially publishes and markets lists of consumers who do not wish to receive calls from telemarketers. You can request that your name be added to the list of those consumers who do not wish DMA is:
Telephone Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9014
Farmingdale, New York 11735-9014
When writing, please include your name, home address, home telephone number (with area code) and your signature to ensure that your request is handled properly. Names remain on file for five years, after which time you may send another request. There is no charge for this service.
National Do Not Call Registry
You may also sign up for the Do Not Call Registry. The Do Not Call Registry is a list of residential and cellular telephone numbers that telemarketers may not call, except in limited circumstances. The Registry is operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and enforced by the North Carolina Attorney General, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the FTC. Placing your number on the Registry will stop most, but not all, telemarketing calls. By law, exceptions to the Registry include companies with which you have had a business relationship in the past 18 months or to which you have made an inquiry in the past 3 months, non-profit organizations, political organizations and polling firms. The Registry also does not apply to business-to-business calls.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
Signing up for the Registry is free and easy. To register by phone, call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register. To register online, go to https://www.donotcall.gov/. You must have an active e-mail address to register through the Internet and you will receive a confirmation e-mail as part of the registration process. Registration will be valid for 5 years, after which time you can re-register.
More Information Here: https://www.donotcall.gov/