March 25, 2013 4:10 am
Do you get aggravated by the constantly ringing phone during meal times and at night? Plenty of email forwards are sent every day with rumors about the National Do Not Call list, yet even after registering, sometimes those pesky calls still remain. Here are a few facts about the National Do Not Call Registry to help consumers save some sanity.
Contrary to re-circulating email:
• There is no new cellphone national do not call database. There is only one National Do Not Call Registry. It is operated by the Federal Trade Commission and covers both cell and landline phone numbers.
• Registering your cell or landline phone number is free. Once registered, a number stays on the Do Not Call Registry until the registration is canceled or service for the number is discontinued.
• There is no deadline for registering a phone number on the Do Not Call Registry.
• No numbers on the Do Not Call Registry are being released to telemarketers.
1. Why would I register my phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry?
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you an opportunity to limit the telemarketing calls you receive. Once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you.
2. Who manages the National Do Not Call Registry?
The National Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency. It is enforced by the FTC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and state law enforcement officials.
3. When I register my phone number, how long until it shows up on the National Do Not Call Registry?
After you register, your phone number will show up on the registry by the next day. Telemarketers have up to 31 days to get your phone number and remove it from their call lists.
For more information, visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry
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