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How to Stop Getting Automated Calls on My Phone With Recorded Messages From Telemarketers?

Updated on April 14, 2011

 Are you tired of getting those annoying telemarketing calls?  How many times have you just sat down to eat or just began relaxing in the tub and the phone rings?  You jump up and run to the phone to answer it only to find out that it's a telemarketing call?  And to top it all off the person on the other end isn't a person at's a recording! Frustrating isn't it?

We have all experienced a similar scenario from time to time.  No one likes to be bothered when they're relaxing or taking time for family.  But what can you do about it?  Is there a way to stop these calls?

 Good news, there is a way!!

It's called The National Do Not Call Registry.  The service is free and can be used for any residence and mobile phone number. 

REMEMBER:  If you share a phone with someone else you are registering everyone that uses that number.  Once your number is registered it is permanent and will not expire.

There are two ways to get YOUR phone registered:

  1. Call 1-888-382-1222
  2. Go online to The National Do Not Call Registry

When calling the above number, you must call from the phone number that you are wanting to register.  For example:  If you are wanting to register your home phone then you must call from home.  When you call you will be asked to enter the number of the phone that you're wanting to register.  Registration takes about 1 minute.

When registering online, you will have the opportunity to enter up to three phone numbers at a time.  After that you must enter and confirm your e-mail address.  Once you've checked for errors and everything's good then click "submit."  You will then be sent an e-mail to the e-mail address that you entered.  Open the email and follow the link to complete your registration.

Congratulations!  Kiss those annoying calls GOODBYE!  Please allow up to 31 days for the calls to completely stop.  After that if you get calls you may file a complaint at the number or website above.


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      David Robinson 8 months ago

      How do register our phone numbers, I tried as instructed but it did not work????

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      Betty 16 months ago

      I subscribed to The National Do Not Call Registry, approximately 2 years ago. Telemarketing calls have diminished some, but have not been eliminated. Filing a complaint is a joke and a waste of time. Something MAY be done after thousands of complaints.

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      throw away 5 years ago

      Sheepfreak's idea is the only thing that will even come close to working.

      I've been on the DNC list for years, I've told the callers to stop and I've filed complaints at DoNotCall. None of it works. That DoNotCall registry is a worthless joke. So now it's going to be playing along until a real person comes on the line and then either "Hold on a sec" or an air horn or I'm going to start reading to them from the Bible.

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      Carisa Gourley 5 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      No, it's a free service!

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      jacky 5 years ago

      Do I have to pay for this service ?????

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      Susan 5 years ago

      Doesn't work on recorded political calls. They are exempt. But try going to and get on their list. It can't guarantee you won't get any more calls, since the people making those annoying calls aren't actually doing anything illegal, but the decent organizations that want to do the right thing will take you off their list. However, the indecent ones won't.

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      autodialing 6 years ago

      thanks you for this post… great information.

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      sheepfreak 6 years ago

      I just received this in an email and it should work since time is money to these people:

      Three Little Words That Work!!

      (1)The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'

      Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

      Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

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      mai7 6 years ago

      It really is crazy and makes you so mad. A call comes in and the recording says "please hold". WHAT! The Gall. I use to stay on the line so I could tell them to take me off their list but, as soon as I start to complain they disconnect. If you can get a return # from dialing *69 it rings back as a bad #. Comcast sent me mail every week for a year.I finally called ask them to stop sending and the girl refused stating someone else may move in and want the service. After another 6 mos I called again..this lady said she would take me off the list. When live solicitors use to come on the phone I would tell them I'm not interested..they will not take no for an answer. Even if I say I was eating dinner (they don't care) "oh it'll only take a moment. They lie. what I started doing for them was to let them talk..lay the phone down and go back to my dinner or what ever I was doing. Companies are so desperate for your money's almost scary. they are like pesky mosquitoes that won't go away.

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      snooozy 6 years ago

      Need to call hundreds of people directly to notify them of an urgent announcement? With you can simply upload your contacts, create a message, and in minutes Snooozy will make calls for you.

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      John 7 years ago

      U Neek, you are right--the Do Not Call List does not apply to political calls, survey calls, or fund raising callers.

      You can politely request that the company that calls you put your name on THEIR OWN "do not call list", but that would only be effective for that single company or organization.

      If you get automated calls from sales companies, file a complaint at *every time* that person or robot calls you, noting as much information as you can provide (call date, time, company name and #), and eventually the FTC (?) will get on their case, and the calls should cease for all of us. Thanks.

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      U Neek 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      This works for most companies that are selling something but it does not seem to cut out automated political calls, survey calls, or fund raising callers.

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      Carisa Gourley 8 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      frogyfish: Thanks so much for adding this helpful tidbit!

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      frogyfish 9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Yes, those solitation calls can be utterly inconvenient - and sometimes so annoying. In spite of listing on the Do Not Call List, there are exceptions that may still call.

      I have been told, and have tried it twice, that on computer only calls, you can delete your number from the calling list by:

      As soon as you answer and recognize it is a computer call, hit the # key as fast as you can for 6 or 7 times. That is supposed to confuse the computer and knock off your number...? I will keep trying it - at the right times.

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      Carisa Gourley 9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Thanks DarleneMarie...I didn't know that!

      Drpastorcarlotta...I'm so glad that you found this information useful!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      WOW!!! lol, lol, I was looking for this #!!!!! lol, lol, lol, Be blessed!!!!! My Friend!!

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      DarleneMarie 9 years ago from USA

      Great advice blessedmommy.   I would like to add that if you get a computer generated call, continually press the # or * button quickly.  It makes the computer think that the number is disconnected and it releases the call. 

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      Carisa Gourley 9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      G-Ma: I don't think that you have to renew it...but you might go to the website to verify that your number has indeed been registered. There is a link on there so that you can make sure it's in the registry. If it is, then you have the right to file a complaint on any number that bugs you.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I did this when it first came out...say 5 years ago and still get calls. even have my number UN I need to like re-new it, now???Thanks G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Carisa Gourley 9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Steve: That's funny :D I'll have to try that one if I get any more calls! LOL

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      Carisa Gourley 9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Paul: Yes, this is very easy to do. I registered my phone about 2 weeks ago and since then I've only received 1 solicitation call. That should be taken care of too within the week. If not then I guess I'll have to do what I have to do!

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      Steve Orris 9 years ago

      The ones who call and put me on hold are the worst. Occasionally I have fun with them though and let them talk to my three year old.

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      Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Thanks. I'm seriously hoping this works. I used the online form. All you do is enter your phone number for your home or mobile and an email address. Once you submit the registration, you'll receive an email to confirm it. You have 72 hours to confirm or your registration will fail. The email confirmation arrived faster than I could login to see if it was there. Clicked the link and completed the registration. Now, in 31 days I shouldn't receive another telemarketing call.

      Thanks. This was very helpful and I'm praying it works.