Don't you just hate it when your phone rings and you think it's a family member or friend, but it turns out to be a telemarketer? Even worse is when they call you multiple times a day, all day long. I ALWAYS block the number, but it seems like they have an endless supply of numbers because the next day they'll call back with a totally different and totally unblocked number. I get it, someone is feeding their family by doing this job, but take a hint. If you call me three times and never get a response, stop calling! But, enough of my soapbox speech. New York State has a new law that will help stop harassing calls.
Governor Hochul Signs New Law To Help Stop Unwanted Spam Calls
Yesterday, Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a new law that will make it easier for you to stop telemarketers from calling you. Legislation (S.8450-B/A.8319-C) requires that telemarketers give the people they call the option to be added to the company's do-not-call list at the beginning of certain calls. Gov. Hochul said,
We are dialing up our efforts to give New Yorkers a break from unsolicited telemarketing calls. For too long, New Yorkers have dealt with these nuisance calls, not knowing they can avoid these interactions by being added to a telemarketer's do-not-call list. This new legislation will protect New Yorkers from receiving frustrating, unwanted calls by better providing information on do-not-call lists.
Right after the telemarketer gives their name, there will be an option to be added to the company's do-not-call list. Before the new law consumers would generally hang up before a telemarketer or recording mentioned the do-not-call list, which gave telemarketers the ability to continue calling.