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When the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 was passed, it was supposed to herald a new era of silence – as in, no more annoying dinner-time telemarketing calls. Based on the number of unsolicited calls our household still receives nearly a decade later, however, I’d say the law has been had only mixed success.
True, the sheer volume of calls did drop significantly after we registered our home and cell phone numbers with the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry. But because so many types of organizations are exempt from the legislation and so many shady companies flout the rules, everyone I know still gets pestered relentlessly.
There are steps you can take to curtail annoying calls; and just as important, ways to avoid falling for telemarketing scams:
First, if you haven’t already done so, register your phone numbers with the registry, either online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222 from each phone you wish to enroll. Although it’s illegal for telemarketers to call wireless phones, you may want to register them just in case.
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