It’s really simple and it’s free to do so. Just goto the Australian Government’s Do Not Call website and register your home and mobile phone. It might take as long as 30 days before telemarketing agencies or individuals update their lists to recognise your registration and stop calling you. But at least, you get some protection.
The Do Not Call website does state explicitly that:
Will it stop all telemarketing calls?
Registering your telephone number on the Do Not Call Register will not stop all telemarketing calls to your number. Some organisations operating in the public interest are exempt from prohibition on making telemarketing calls. You can also still receive calls from market researchers.
Have I consented to receive calls?
A business can still call you if it has your inferred consent. You may also receive business calls if consent is inferred because you have an existing relationship with a business. You can withdraw your consent at any time.
So the next time any telemarketer dares to call your number (after 30 days of your registration that is), instead of answering their questions, ask them their name, the company name, the company contact number (as in the case where you can’t see their number) and whether their call is categorized as one of the two categories mentioned above. If not, make a complaint and sue them for breaching your privacy. You’ve got the person’s name plus their company name and phone number and that would be good enough.
Now that’s the way to let them know that they are messing with the wrong people.
The motivation for writing this post was simply because:
An idiot telemarketer called and spoiled my sweet dreams early in the morning.
. You can read more about that in my “first mobile spam in Australia” article.