Telemarketing phone calls are becoming more common among consumers and businesses. Telemarketing is a cost-effective and simple way to reach out to potential customers or to gather information. However, many individuals do not want to be bothered by such phone calls. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) created the National Do Not Call Registry to limit these telemarketing calls. The FTC, the Federal Communications Commission and state law enforcement officials manage the registry.

There is some misunderstanding about the National Do Not Call Registry. Many individuals believe that once their telephone number is entered on the list, they will not receive any more telemarketing calls, which is incorrect. When you place a telephone number on the list, there are a few things you should know to protect your information and prevent telemarketing calls.


Calls Will Not Stop Right Away

You can register for the National Do Not Call Registry on the FTC website. Once you have registered your phone number, it takes up to 31 days for telemarketing calls to stop. Telemarketing companies have these days to remove your name from their lists. If you receive a telemarketing call a few days or even three weeks after you registered your telephone number on the list, this is allowed.

You Will Not Receive Calls to Place Number on Registry

If you receive a phone call from a company or third party asking you to sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry, do not provide your information. The FTC states it does not allow private organizations to register consumers for the list. Many companies may even charge you a fee to place your name on the list. If any company or third party asks for a fee to place your name on the list, it is most likely a scam.

Your Personal Information is Available

When you register for this list, the personal information you provide is gathered and stored. Your phone number is available so telemarketers can remove it from their calling lists. The FTC states that telemarketers must search the registry every 31 days to remove names from their calling lists. If you register online, you will be asked to provide your email address. This information will also be stored, but it will not be as readily available as your phone number.

Numerous Phone Numbers Can Be Registered

You can register up to three separate telephone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. These phone numbers may be home or mobile numbers. However, if you call the National Do Not Call Registry to register phone numbers, you will only be able to register one phone number at a time. The numbers you register on the list must be your own personal phone numbers.

The Registry Will Not Stop All Calls

It is a common misconception that once your phone number is on the registry, all telemarketing calls will stop. This is not the case. Calls on behalf of political organizations, charities or telephone surveyors will still be allowed. If you have any existing relationships with businesses, you may also receive calls from those companies. If you have a relationship with a business but wish to stop receiving phone calls from it, you can ask to have your name removed from its calling list and the business must do so.

The National Do Not Call Registry is beneficial if you want to limit the telemarketing phone calls you receive. However, it is important to clarify any misconceptions you may have about this list.

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