What You Should Know About the Do Not Call Registry

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We here at the Tri-State BBB want consumers to be aware of the steps they can take to protect themselves from unwanted calls. We’ve discussed the Do Not Call list here before but we wanted to revisit the topic since we continue to receive questions from area residents.

  • You do not have to re-register on the Do Not Call list. Once your number has been registered, unless it changes, you will remain on it permanently (This is due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007.)  You can register your cell phone. There is not a separate list for mobile phones. 
  • If you can’t recall which numbers you’ve registered, you can access a form here that will allow you to check. 
  • Even though your number will show up on the registry the day after you submit it, telemarketers have 31 days to remove you from their call list.  
  • The FTC will not call you to ask if you’d like to be on the Do Not Call list.  Nor do they charge a fee. If you receive such a call or a request for payment, hang up. 
  • Indiana residents can also get on the state’s list by calling 888-834-9969.

If you want to know more, visit the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry website at www.donotcall.gov.

Indiana residents, call 888 834-9969 to get on the separate state list.

More information for consumers

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Beth was Director of BBB Services and wrote for the consumer education blog from 2008 to 2011. Beth also managed projects of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau Foundation, including the Student of Integrity Scholarship and senior citizen education programs, and she worked with local charities as a part of our charity reporting service.

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