Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Do Not Call Registry

The Telemarketing Sales Rules (TSR) has been amended by the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) to help consumers decide on whether to receive telemarketing calls or not. About ten years ago, on October 1, 2003, private citizens can opt to receive telemarketing calls or not. Most telemarketers should not be calling your number when it is listed on the Do Not Call Registry for 31 days. Should they call you, you can file a complaint at concerned agencies.

The Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade commission. It was created after 3 years of reviewing the TSR and seeing that it needed to be empowered to help private citizens have an option regarding telemarketing calls which have become rampant. It is intended to help the people protect themselves from unwanted telemarketing calls and possible telephone spams. Many meetings, and briefings were held by the agency to get feedback from parties that might be interested and reviewed over 64,000 public comments to assess whether to create the registry or not.

When you register your phone number to the registry, it will show up a day after. The telemarketers then will have 31 days to remove you from their list. If you change your mind after a while and decide to take your number off the list, you can request appropriate action for this by calling 1-888-382-1222. After the call, the registry will remove your number from their list and this will take effect the day after your call. Again, the telemarketers have 31 days to include your number again to their own list if they wish to add you.

You may also register by phone but you will not receive a confirmation. To verify, you need to register online at www.donotcall.gov to see if your number was listed in the registry or call its toll number at 1-888-382-1222, follow the prompts, and verify whether your number is registered or not.

When your phone number has been registered for 31 days and you get unwanted calls, you can file a complaint. You should know however, that even if your number has been registered, you may be still be called by political organizations, charities, and companies which you do business with unless you have asked them to stop calling you. Also, debt collectors may continue calling you whether you have been registered or not. If you have any complaint about a debt collector's call, make sure you know and research on conditions on which you can file a complaint against them before filing one.

The Do Not Call Registry is meant to help and protect private citizens against unwanted calls that can hinder their privacy and daily schedules. Make use of them properly and be informed on how it can help you and your family.







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