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Mooney says constituents can avoid telemarketers

February 28, 2000

ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, wants his constituents to know how to deal with unwanted telemarketing calls.

Consumers can put their names on the central "do not call" list by writing to the Telephone Preference Service, c/o Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014.

The letter should contain your name, address, ZIP code and phone number with area code, he said. Consumers may also request that their information not be sold. The Web site for the association is www.the-dma.org.

Consumers also can prevent their credit history from being shared by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT. That will take your name off lists for calls and junk mail from financial institutions.

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When you receive a call from a telemarketer, simply tell them to put your name on the company's "do not call" list, where it will remain for 10 years, he said.

A bill to offer added consumer protection failed by one vote last week in the Senate Finance Committee.

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