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Tricky Telemarketers?

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Are you sick of talking to telemarketers?

"No call" registries are growing in popularity. Kansas lawmakers recently passed a first of it's kind ''no call'' bill, that takes effect July .

But before you add your name to a ''no call'' list, make sure you know who you're talking to.

Telemarketers wake us up, disrupt us at work, and call us during dinner. Margaret Kaufman thought she had solved the problem when she got caller I.D., but she was wrong.

Margaret said, "They're getting pretty tricky with the ''unknown'' coming in on the caller I.D., so you don't know who it is."

Now there's a scam involving telemarketers posing as representatives for a ''do not call'' list. Consumers are duped into revealing social security, calling card and credit card numbers.

Experts say if you get one of these calls, ask for a phone number and call back so you can verify who they are, or just hang up. Most ''no call'' lists do not contact consumers.

So who can you trust? Kansas lawmakers just passed a statewide ''no call'' bill that goes into effect July 1st.

But if you want to sign up, you'll have to wait a little longer. The state has still not signed a contract with the company that will maintain the list.

State officials are asking people to wait to sign up. They say it could be October before the first round of lists are given to telemarketers.

That's not soon enough for people like Margaret Kaufman. Margaret said, "We'd certainly like to get on that list."

As soon as the contract is agreed upon, mail-in registration forms will be available on the attorney general's website, as well as at most local libraries. We'll keep you posted.

The Federal Trade Commission is also considering establishing a national ''no call'' list.


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