Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Caution About Cold Callers

As many of you know, I've recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the National Timeshare Owners Association (

I am pleased to report that the NTOA has taken the same strong stance as I always have about cold callers.

Here's what the website says:

Three important messages that we want to get out to our members:
  1. No reputable company will ever call, email, fax, direct mail, message or in any way initiate contact first. If you are contacted by any firm or individual without contacting them first, DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  2. Use caution when clicking on web based links, filling out forms for prize drawings, etc. Many times those actions legally allow companies to contact you. As with any unsolicited e-mails, do not click on any links.
  3. Report any suspicious telemarketing activity to the NTOA immediately for appropriate referral.
I strongly urge everyone to keep these tips top of mind.  Unlike many other organizations who have taken a soft approach, i.e. be careful with cold callers or talk to a lawyer before doing any business with anyone who contacts you first, the NTOA tells it like it is:  DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM.

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