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FTC: 200 million sign up for Do Not Call Registry

Consumers have sent a clear signal that they don't want those pesky dinner-time calls from marketers. Some 200 million phone numbers have been added to the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry ( or 1-888-382-1222) since the blocking service was launched seven years ago, according to the agency Tuesday.

With the announcement, I thought it was a good opportunity to clear up some persistent myths about the registry:

*Is the Do Not Call Registry about to expire? No. If you've signed up, your numbers are protected indefinitely and you don't need to re-register. There isn't any movement to do away with the registry at the FTC.

*Does the registry only apply to land-based home phone lines? No. The registry accepts cellphone lines as well.

*Will charities be able to reach me by phone? Yes. Charities, political organizations and telephone surveyors are still permitted to call numbers on the registry. And companies that consumers have done business with in the past 18 months can contact their customers. Of course, the debt collector will have access too.

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So why am I still getting calls to sell me stuff from companies I've never heard of? Is buying a list of telephone numbers from my bank or other business I deal with sufficient "affiliation" to make the calls legal? And is the FTC actively researching violations and prosecuting them?

Posted by: ArlingtonReader1 | July 29, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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