Sometimes getting a call at home from a telemarketer exposes you to a product or service that you might not have otherwise known about, and you're glad you answered the phone. Unfortunately, most people view telemarketing calls as an intrusion on their time and privacy. The hue and cry over unwelcome telemarketing calls has led the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create a national database listing phone numbers of consumers who want to block unsolicited calls to their home and cells phones.
You can register your home or mobile phone for free. To sign up, go to www.donotcall.gov or call the FTC toll free 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want listed in the database. When signing up online, you must provide an email address to complete the registration. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. Phone numbers remain on the Do Not Call List for five years unless you remove the number from the List or the number is disconnected.
If the Calls Continue
If you continue to get unsolicited calls from telemarketers after registering with the national Do Not Call List, you may file a complaint on the www.donotcall.gov web site or by calling the FTC toll free number above. Complaint information must include the date of the unwanted phone call and either the name or the telephone number of the marketer. Telemarketers may be fined up to $11,000 for each violation.