Fortunately, there is a way to disengage from a phone call with your friendly telemarketer. And the best bit is that it doesn’t require any shouting or arguments. All you need to do is say the following:

“Can you mail me out your privacy and opt-out policies, please?”

Why does this work? Saying this tells the telemarketer and larger telemarketing company that you are serious about not being contacted. Once you request an opt-out and privacy statement, the company is legally obliged to send them out to you. If they don’t, they are liable for further legal action. This also means that you have a hard copy of your request not to be contacted, along with a record of the date you were called and when you requested to be taken off their contact list.

You may receive the odd call after you’ve made this request but if the calls continue, you can take further action against the company.

It’s a simple and effective way of ensuring your dinner time remains uninterrupted by calls about your electricity bill for the foreseeable future!

Try this line out next time you get telemarketers on the phone and let us know if it works!

Article created in partnership with Over60.