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National Do Not Call Registry

Hate those annoying phone calls from telemarketers just as you're sitting down for dinner?

By now you should know about the National Do Not Call Registry, which allows you to register your phone number telling telemarketers you don't want to hear from them. It used to be that you had to re-register your number after 5 years, but the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 (P.L. 100-187) now makes registratration permanent.

You can register up to three telephone numbers at a time, including cell phone numbers. It can take up to 31 days from when you register for telemarketers to remove you from their call lists.

Some Limitations
Registering will not stop all calls. Political organizations, charities, and telephone poll-takers are still allowed to call you. Registration is for personal phone numbers only - not fax numbers or business numbers. Information about stopping unwanted faxes is available on the FCC website

Filing a Complaint
If you registered more than 31 days ago and a telemarketer you think is covered by the National Do Not Call Registry has called, you can file a complaint:

Online: www.donotcall.gov
Toll-free at 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236)

To file a complaint, you must know the name or telephone number of the company that called you, and the date the company called you.

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