National Do Not Call Registry

Along with opting out of pre-screened credit card offers, you should consider registering your phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry.

The Registry is a government-mandated list of phone numbers maintained by the Federal Trade Commission that have requested not to receive telemarketing calls. After placing your number on the list, telemarketing organizations have 31 days in which to remove your number from their databases. And because of legislation signed into law in 2008, the Registry is now permanent. Once your number is on that list, it will always be on that list unless you request that it be removed, and let’s be honest, why would you?

A few more tidbits…

  • The Registry is only for personal numbers.
  • You can register up to three numbers at a time, and you should only register your own numbers. If you have more than three numbers, you must repeat the process.
  • Registering takes about 30 seconds and can be done online at:
  • The Registry will stop most sales calls, but several organizations are exempt from the Registry, including Non-profit organizations, telephone surveys, political organizations, and any business with which you have a relationship. To stop these organizations from calling, you must request that they not call you on an individual basis.
  • If you would like to receive calls from certain organizations covered by the Do Not Call Registry, you may notify them in writing that they may call you.
  • If you are contacted by a telemarketer after your number has been on the Registry for at least 31 days, you can file a complaint. To file a complaint, you need the name or number of the company that contacted you and the date. You can file a complaint at the above site.

Registering takes about 30 seconds start to finish and is well worth the time. My wife and I have been registered for about five years now, and I can’t remember the last time I received a telemarketing call. As busy as we are, I’m grateful for that.

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