Do Not Call Registry
Congress approved money for the national registry, a way to block many unwanted telemarketing calls. Consumers may register their phone numbers at 888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov. They must re-register after 5 years. Telemarketers who call listed people could be fined up to $11,000 per violation. Consumers will be able to file complaints at the above web site and phone number. The Federal Trade Commission requires telemarketers to check the list every three months. Calls from charities, pollsters, creditors, and on behalf of politicians are exempt.