The national Do Not Call registry had its 10th anniversary in June. According to the Federal Trade Commission, which manages the registry, more than 220 million consumers have registered over the 10-year period.
The registry is designed to assist those consumers wishing to limit telemarketing calls.
If you wish to register, visit www.donotcall.gov or call (888) 382-1222 (using the telephone you would like to register).
Once you register, those telemarketers covered (not all are) have 31 days to stop calling you at the number registered.
Personal cell phone and landline numbers can be registered.
Up to three numbers can be registered at one time online. If you register by phone, only one number can be registered at one time, and you must call from the telephone you wish to register. There is no overall limit on the total personal telephone numbers that can be registered.
Many political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors, those with a prior business relationship with you (for a period of time), and those to whom you give written approval to call are not limited by the law.
Coverage details can be reviewed in a FAQ found at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry.
States may offer do-not-call laws and registries, too.
Indiana offers a registry. For information on the state registry option (there are differences and you may wish to register on both registries), visit www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2446.htm.
Pellicciotti is an I.U. Northwest faculty member and administrator. The article is for informational purposes only and not intended as specific advice. Consult your professional advisor before taking action. Author does not endorse/guarantee content within websites.