The National Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency. It is enforced by the FTC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and state law enforcement officials. Registration for your home or mobile phone is free and easy. You can either call from the phone you would like added to the registry, or visit their website at: www.donotcall.gov. Once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the NDNCR have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you. Telephone numbers registered on the NDNCR will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007.
When registering for the NDNCR, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, placing your number on the Do Not Call Registry will stop MOST, but not ALL telemarketing calls. This is due to limitations in the jurisdiction of the FTC and FCC. Second, if you purchase something from a company, you establish a business relationship with said company. As a result, even if your number is on the Do Not Call Registry, the company can still call you without violating the rules of the NDNCR. You can, however, make a specific request to the company not to call you, and they must honor your request. Third, if your phone is disconnected for any period of time, and then reconnected with the same number, you may need to re-register. For more information, or to put your number on the National Do Not Call Registry, visit www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.
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