Make Telemarketers Stop Calling:
Sign up for the New Nationwide Do Not Call List
It has happened to everyone. You are in the middle of dinner or watching your favorite TV show when the phone rings. It’s not family calling. Nor friends. It's a telemarketer. They want to change your long distance provider or sell you a credit card. And the calls just keep coming.
That's why Congressman Brad Sherman cosponsored the Do Not Call Implementation Act of 2003 which was signed into law. Under the law, consumers may add their names to a Do Not Call List. It's illegal for telemarketers to call those numbers on the list and those found violating this law face fines of $11,000 per call. For example, if you act in July or August, they must stop calling you by the end of September.
The new law applies to most telemarketers. It doesn't apply to the companies you do business with (including lenders from whom you have sought a loan). You may want to ask a company about its telemarketing policy before deciding to do business with it.
To sign up for the Do Not Call List, act today.
To register your various phone numbers (home, business or cellular) on the National Do Not Call List, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - it's free of charge - by doing any of the following:
Using the phone you wish to register, and call the FTC at 1-888-382-1222,
Register all your phone numbers directly with the FTC website at www.ftc.gov.
If your number has been on the National Do Not Call Registry for at least 31 days and you receive a call from a telemarketer that you believe is covered by the National Do Not Call Registry, you can file a complaint at the registry’s website at www.donotcall.gov or by calling the registry’s toll-free number at 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You may also file a complaint if you received a call that used a recorded message instead of a live person (whether or not your number was on the Registry).