Kathy Sweedler from the U of I extension office, economics department, stops by the Morning Show for Your Money and is discussing how to get yourself on a “Do not call list.”
You can do something to stop most of these phone calls.
The federal government’s Do Not Call Registry allows you to limit the telemarketing calls you receive by registering your phone number.
Stop unwanted sales calls by registering your phone number
By phone: 1-888-382-1222 or TTY: 1-866-290-4236
Placing your number on this national registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all of them. Calls that are still permitted include those from:
Political organizations- Charities- Telephone surveyors
Some organizations with which you have a relationship – for example if you do business with a company.
If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam. If you get these calls, hang up and file a complaint with the FTC.
You can file a complaint using the same website and phone numbers. To file a complaint, provide the date of the telemarketing call, phone number, and name of the company that called you.
You may also file a complaint if you receive a call that used a recorded sales message instead of a live person, even if your phone number is not on the registry. Robocalls about candidates running for office, or charities asking for donations are legal.