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Do not call: Keeping pesky contractors at bay

August 26, 2013|By David Lazarus

Dave has been receiving calls from contractors looking to stop by his home and bid for work. That's annoying, but it's not unethical.

The ethical line gets crossed by some contractors purporting to be following up on an earlier call (they aren't) or touching base after speaking with Dave's wife (they haven't).

Dave wants to know how he can get these calls to stop.

ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions

The Federal Trade Commission says its do-not-call list is a glowing success. Many consumers might say otherwise.

When it comes to pesky contractors, you want to make sure they get the message. Tell them flat out that you don't want any more calls.

I also make a point of telling any contractors who call my home that I've already hired someone else -- someone who doesn't make sneaky cold calls. Maybe they'll take a hint.

For more, check out today's Ask Laz video.

If you have a consumer question, email me at asklaz@latimes.com, or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz.

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