Do Not Call quarterly deadline extended to Monday

2012-11-22T12:15:00Z Do Not Call quarterly deadline extended to MondayBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
November 22, 2012 12:15 pm  • 

Hoosiers who want to stop unwanted telemarketing calls or text messages to their phones can register for state's Do Not Call list.

The quarterly deadline to register has been extended to 11 p.m. Monday, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a news release. Hoosiers who sign up before the deadline should see a reduction in calls or texts starting Jan. 1.

“More than 2 million phone lines are registered on the state’s protected list,” Zoeller said in a statement. “Signing up will at least fend off legitimate telemarketers from calling or texting you and allow you to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office if you receive an unwanted call.”

Residents do not need to register again unless their addresses have changed. To sign up or to confirm a number is already on the list, visit www.IndianaConsumer.com or call (888) 834-9969.

Out-of-state area codes also can be added as long as the billing address is in Indiana.

Those consumers who are registered and receive an unwanted call can file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com and clicking on "file a complaint."

The Attorney General’s Office has obtained 50 settlements or judgments since 2009 against robocallers and Do Not Call violators. The total awarded to the state since 2009 is more than $4.8 million and the total collected is more than $670,000.

Indiana’s Do Not Call registry is updated quarterly on the first of each January, April, July and October.

Zoeller recently launched a new portion of www.IndianaConsumer.com that includes information on robocalls. Consumers can find out what the Attorney General’s Office is doing to combat the calls and what to do if you receive a robocall by visiting http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2976.htm.

Consumers also can sign up for the national Do Not Call list by visiting www.donotcall.gov or by calling (888) 382-1222.

 

 

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