Are you on the No-Call List?

Unless you enjoy calls from telemarketers (no judgments from me – I understand some of you are lonely people) you should get yourself on the national Do Not Call Registry if you have not already done so.  You can register both your personal non-business land-lines and mobile numbers; once registered, the listing will not expire:

Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. More than 157 million phone numbers are on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Under the Act, the Federal Trade Commission will continue to remove telephone numbers that have been disconnected and reassigned to other customers. Consumers can delete their telephone numbers from the registry at any time by calling 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236) – the call must be made from the telephone number they wish to delete.

If you are in Texas you may also register on the state’s No Call List.

If you continue to receive calls as I have in the past, you may register a complaint with the FTC.  You can find answers to any other questions including this one here.

If I register my number on the National Do Not Call Registry, will it stop all telemarketing calls?

No. Placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all. Because of limitations in the jurisdiction of the FTC and FCC, calls from or on behalf of political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors would still be permitted, as would calls from companies with which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls. However, if you ask a company with which you have an existing business relationship to place your number on its own do-not-call list, it must honor your request.  You should keep a record of the date you make the request.

Unfortunately you may still receive calls from charities, probably some of very dubious legitimacy, survey companies, and politicians.

Somehow, the People Who Determine These Things have determined that our household is a staunch pro-GOP household so I get lots of related surveys and recordings from them which is both highly annoying and occasionally amusing – they truly seem  surprisedborderingonhorrified by some of my survey answers and yet no one has thought to take our number off their calling list.  Go figure.

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3 Comments

  1. March 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    they truly seem surprisedborderingonhorrified by some of my survey answers and yet no one has thought to take our number off their calling list.

    Haha. I was always worried that registering my number would let “them” know I was for real. Then, they can really call.

  2. March 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I really don’t know why we get so many political surveys – all purporting to be from conservatives. Sometimes I want to ask, “that’s not the answer you were hoping for, is it?”


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