Jump to content
Washington Football Team Logo

Stop Calling Dead People


Recommended Posts


Marketers May Stop Calling Dead People

Updated: Thursday, Jul. 21, 2005 - 5:25 PM


Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest direct marketing group set up a registry Thursday to remove dead people from its telemarketing, e-mail and direct mail lists _ for $1.

The Direct Marketing Association, which has more than 5,200 members in the United States and 44 other countries, said its Deceased Do-Not-Contact list was designed to help families dealing with the loss of a loved one.

"The DMA recognizes how emotionally and logistically difficult the process of handling someone's final affairs can be," Pat Kachura, the group's senior vice president for ethics and consumer affairs, said in a statement.

The organization said the $1 fee was for credit card verification, and was designed to prevent fraud.

"We're concerned people will abuse the list, putting the names of friends on it, that kind of thing," Kachura said in a telephone interview. "So we're very concerned that those who are on the list are those who should be on the list."

The idea follows the government's popular Do Not Call list, which allows consumers to sign up online and imposes fines on telemarketers when they call those consumers. The list, set up in 2003, has more than 97 million numbers.

The DMA said it would also provide its list of the deceased to companies that are not members of the organization.

Mitch Katz, a spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission, which set up the Do Not Call list, said relatives and spouses can still register the deceased's phone number on the list, provided they live in the same residence.

"It's horribly upsetting to someone who's alive if you get a call and it's for your husband who has passed away," he said. "I can imagine why people wouldn't want to get those calls."


On the Net:

DMA deceased registry: http://preference.the-dma.org/cgi/ddnc.php

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had a telemarketer call my mother's house and ask for my deceased dad by name, acting is she knew him. I informed her of his passing, and instead of even giving the courtesy of "I'm sorry for his passing," or some such, she started to go on this rant about the reason why she called. (She was none too pleasant about this, either.) I told her I didn't appreciate her calling and using my dad's name as if she knew the man, and she proceeded to hangup on me.

Luckily, I had caller ID, so I called her back, and when she answered the call (I was surprised she did), I gave her a piece of my mind, then hungup on her in turn. I don't know if it was the right thing to do, but it made me feel much better and satisfied.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...