What to Do If You Are on the Do Not Call List and Still Get Calls
If you are on the do not call list and still get annoying calls, don’t be discouraged. The Federal Trade Commission manages the Do Not Call Registry, which lets you tell telemarketers that you do not want to be called.
The list also takes action against telemarketers who don’t follow the rules. In other words, if a company is calling you even though you are on the list, they could be violating the law and you should contact the FTC to report them.
What to Do If You Are On the Do Not Call List and Still Get Unwanted Calls
The Do Not Call List prevents telemarketers from calling you, but it does not protect you from scam phone calls. These are illegal calls made by swindlers, who try to trick you into giving them your personal information so they can steal your credit card number or bank account.
Scammers often use the Do Not Call List as a way to find your phone number on data broker sites and make robocalls. They then spoof the name and phone number on your caller ID so that they appear to be from a local business or someone you know.
You can use your mobile provider’s call blocking tools or download a third-party app like Nomorobo, Hiya, RoboKiller and Truecaller to stop these phony calls from ringing in. You can also check the FCC’s website for more tips on how to block telemarketers and spam calls.
What to Do If You Are on the Do Not Call List and Still Get Unwanted Salescalls
A good rule of thumb is that if you are getting unwanted sales calls from a company you’ve previously done business with, you should ask them not to call again – and they will probably honor your request. If a company is not following this rule, they will probably be fined for calling you, even if you are on the do not call list.
Similarly, if you receive a call from a political, charitable or surveyor organization, you may be permitted to answer the call and ask to be removed from their call lists. However, you should keep in mind that many political and charitable organizations use robocalls or live-person cold calls, so you might have to be patient while these types of telemarketers learn that they cannot call you when you’re on the do not call list.
What to Do If You Are in the Middle of a Scamdial Call
One of the biggest problems with telemarketing calls these days is that companies have been able to bypass do not call lists by using technology called “neighborhood spoofing.” These tactics allow them to target specific areas and make it much easier for their robocalls to reach consumers.
The result is that the National Do Not Call List and Statewide Do Not Call Lists aren’t enough to prevent you from receiving unwanted calls, especially if you have your number on a people-search site.