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By Trishna Buch
There are a lot of annoyances in the world that we often have to deal with. From slow
computers to long lines to traffic jams and delayed flights. But one of the biggest annoyances
are telemarketers. You know exactly what I am talking about. Those robocalls
that come at least once a day asking you to take a survey or look into a product or
some other nonsense. I, fortunately, do not deal with telemarketers often. Not because
they don’t call me—they do—but because I never answer my phone. I mean I have a
cellphone, but I hardly use it to make or take calls. My cellphone is for YouTube, Netflix,
social media, using the internet and texting. Yes, I am a fan of texting and that is how I
keep in touch with people. I NEVER answer a number I do not have saved in my contacts
and, occasionally, I won’t even answer a call from someone I know; because I
am just not in the mood to talk. Of course, I’ll call them back that same day, but—since
I’m not the biggest fan of talking on the phone—I have to be in the mood to do so. And,
sometimes, I’m just not.
However, I did have to deal with a telemarketer/scam caller a few years ago. I had
just graduated from earning my Bachelor’s Degree and was thick in the process of applying
for jobs. This meant that I had put my resume, email address and phone number
on basically every jobsite you could name. I should have realized that, by putting my
number on these sites, meant that I was going to get these scam callers. Unfortunately,
I didn’t realize, and I made the mistake of picking up one of these calls the first time I
received one. The lady on the other end of the phone was trying to get me to sign up
for some college program. After telling her I had already graduated, she then switched
gears into persuading me to apply for some—clearly bogus—job. I finally managed
to get her off my case by lying through my teeth and saying “I’m not looking for a job”.
And this is the reason that I no longer answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize.
But I also know that, working here at The Post, sometimes I’ll get a legitimate call
from someone whose number I don’t have saved. So, each time I get a call from an
unknown number, I’ll type that number into Google and if it seems legitimate, I’ll answer.
If not, they go straight to my blocked callers. And that brings me to the purpose
of this article.
If you have placed your number on the National Do Not Call registry, it means that
telemarketers and scam callers are not supposed to call you. However, it has recently
come to my attention that Dish Network has called 18,066 numbers that were on this
registry. And, according to USA Today, a lawsuit has been filed against the company
with a judge ruling that “the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection
So how does this matter to you? Well, you can go online to
Lookup/Home/PhoneForm, type in your phone number and—if your number
comes up as eligible—you may be entitled to $1,200. All you have to do is file a claim
by visiting You have until June
18 to file this claim. For more information on this development—and for a direct link
to the website—go online to

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