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How to Spot the Do Not Call List Scams

Updated on April 29, 2012

Have you heard of the National Do Not Call Registry?

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What is Do Not Call?

National Do Not Call Registry is a law that was signed by the former U.S. President George W. Bush on March 11, 2003 to prohibit the telemarketing from calling the numbers that are registered on the Do Not Call List. It is a way to protect the consumers' right to limit most of unsolicited calls to their home phone and/or cell phone. Consumers can register their numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry at anytime for free.


How does Do Not Call works?

Once you register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry, which is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), your number will show up on the registry by the next day. Most Telemarketer have to pay for the list of registry in order to find out whom they shouldn't call and have up to 31 days to remove your phone number from their call lists. When Do Not Call first became law, it required consumers to renew their phone numbers on the registry every five years. However, since the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, all numbers on the registry remain permanently on the list until the consumers remover their numbers from the registry or the number is disconnected or reassigned.

How to Spot the Do Not Call List Scams

The National Do Not Call Registry helps reduce a great amount of unsolicited calls for the consumers, but at the same time, creates a window of opportunity for scammers to trick the consumers into giving out their personal information and money. Here are their tricks that you should watch out:

  • Scammers would call you and offer to help you register your phone number on Do Not Call list for a fee.
  • Scammers would pretend that they represent the FTC and need to obtain extra information from you in order to completely eliminate the telemarketing calls. Or they would just ask you to verity "your information" which they've made up and trick you into giving out your real personal information.
  • Since telemarketing companies are still allowed to call you within the first 31 days after you've registered, scammers would trick you into believing that your registration is incomplete and that is why you are still receiving calls from telemarketing. Then they would try to convince you to give them your social security number in order to complete your registration.
  • Scammers would send you mails or emails demanding personal information from you in order to finalize your registration.

How to protect yourself from Do Not Call List Scams

Know the facts about Do Not Call can protect yourself from Do Not Call List Scams:

  • The National Do Not Call Registry only requires your phone number if you call them to register. You'll need to give them your e-mail address if you register online so that they can e-mail you the confirmation. They don't ask for your personal information.
  • You can register more than one phone numbers, including cell phone number, for free.
  • ´╗┐The National Do Not Call Registry does not send out any representatives or mails to contact you.
  • You don't need any approval in order to register with the national Do Not Call Registry.
  • Within the first 31 days after your registration, telemarketing companies can still legal call you.
  • The National Do Not Call Registry doesn't completely stop all telemarketing calls because political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors can still call you legally.
  • You can remove your phone number from the National Do Not Call registry at anytime with no cost.

Therefore, you should never give out your personal information such as social security number and your date of birth, your bank accounts, or your credit card information. Never say "yes" or "okay" if you don't know who you're dealing with or what they're talking about. Scammers would try their best to trick you saying these words so that they can claim that you've approved the charge.


What to do when you encounter a Do Not Call scam?

Don't search on the internet to find out the phone number from a call that is quiet or silent at the other end. It is just another way for scammers to draw traffic to their website so that they can earn money from the advertisements shown on their websites.

Do Call 1-888-382-1222 or 1-877-FTC-HELP

Do report at FTC.gov

Have you ever been a victim of Do Not Call List Scams?

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Very informative. To be honest, I had no idea about this law. Thanks for the information.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      ananceleste, I am glad that my hub provided new information to you. Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I knew about this law, only because I worked as a telemarketer in college for 2 weeks selling vacation homes. It wasn't a scam...but there are a lot out there. :-) Very useful hub, definitely going to share this with everyone. Thanks! Voted up.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Wow,voted up by a former telemarketer. All the hard work for getting this hub done has paid off. Thank you Turtlewoman. :)

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      leros003 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love the do not call list, but for some reason I always get them anyway. I need to resubmit my phone number it seems!

      Great informative hub!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      @leros003, just to keep in mind that some people will ignore the law and continue to call you and Do-Not-Call doesn't stop calls from political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors. If you've submitted your number after 2007, your number should still be on the list. Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Hi Kitty. This looks to be very useful for US. I think we have UK data protection where when you sign up for anything you can opt out of all publicity. That being said, I still get mail from four years ago, which is illegal here. I'm greatful for anything people do to reduce the junk mail and junk calls we get here.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Wow, you can opt out of all publicity in UK?! How nice! I wish the US would do the same. My phones have been ringing recently because of the election is near. If I don't answer the phone, my answer machine would be jammed with those annoying and lengthy automated voicemail messages urging me to vote for this and that.

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      We still get so many telemarketing calls. Obviously these companies have found a way to beat the law. They always do.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      I think you're right, Learn. Those companies do know how to beat the law.

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