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Re-register for the Do Not Call List- Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You!

It happens to everyone—you’re sitting down for dinner with your family, the telephone rings and you reluctantly answer it only to hear some telemarketer ask you how old your windows are, or worse, a pre-recorded message rambles on. These unwanted and uninvited calls can be annoying, as well as confusing to elderly people who may not always understand what they could be agreeing to over the phone. The bottom line is that the telemarketer’s goal is to get you to buy something that you probably don’t need, but when you do make the purchase, you have to face the potential credit problems and bad credit that may result.

As you may recall, in 2002, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) teamed up to create the National Do-Not-Call Registry which allowed anyone with a phone number or wireless number to register in order to reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing calls. The catch is it is only good for five years, so if you registered in November of 2002 when it first became available, it’s certainly time to re-register because your phone number is fair game again.

National Do-Not-Call Registry

 

· Nationwide in scope and applies to all telemarketers, with the exception of certain non-profit organizations.

· Applies to interstate and intrastate telemarketing calls.

· Commercial telemarketers are not allowed to call you if your number is on the registry, subject to certain exceptions.

· Registration is free.

· Your number will stay on the registry for 5 years.

· You can remove your number at any time.


The registry does not prevent all unwanted calls; it doesn’t cover the following:
 

·     Calls from organizations with which you have an established relationship.

·      Calls for which you have given prior permission.

·     Calls that are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements.

·     Calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations.

 

 How to Register or Re-Register


Consumers can register either by telephone or on-line, free of charge. Call 1-888-382-1222 or for TTY, call 1-866-290-4236. You need to call from the phone number you intend to register. To register on-line, go to www.donotcall.gov. Remember, if you registered in 2002, your number was removed from the list in November of 2007, so re-register! For more detailed information, go to the Do Not Call website, or to file a complaint go to www.fcc.gov .

 

 

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