The Do Not Call list saves millions of Americans those unwanted phone calls from telemarketers. While not perfect, the list continues to grow. The Federal Trade Commission’s annual report of the list shows more than 209 million subscribers. That’s an increase of 8 million from last year.
The list has been around since 2003, but there is still confusion about it. I always hear consumers talk about how they have to re-register their number because it expires. That is not true. The list does not expire thanks to a law passed a few years after the list was created.
Myth number two deals with cell phone numbers and that they will be sold and telemarketers will call you. This urban legend is also false. It’s illegal for telemarketers to call a cell phone number if you didn’t give it to them. If you want to be extra safe, you can register your cell phone number on the registry.
The list is helpful, but also a source of frustration for some who wonder why they still get harassing phone calls even though they are on the Do Not Call list. More than 2 million complaints were filed with the FTC last year. That’s also up from last year, and the highest since the list was created.
If you get an unauthorized call, get as much information as possible and make sure you file a complaint with the FTC.