Do Not Call List and Telemarketing Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) puts you in charge of the number of telemarketing calls you get at home. The TSR established the National Do Not Call Registry, which makes it easier and more efficient for you to reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing sales calls you get.

How can I put my number on the National Do Not Call Registry?

You may register online at donotcall.gov if you have a working email address, or by phone by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the number you wish to register. Registration is free. Read More

You can also add your phone number to the Florida Do Not Call List here.

I received a call from someone saying they were confirming my registry on the “Do Not Call” registry. Why would the government do that?

The government would not do that, but a con artist would. Under this scam, the phony registry “official” asks for your personal information to verify that you want to be on the “Do Not Call” list. They then use this information to run up debts in your name or otherwise steal your identity. 

Telemarketing Fraud

According to the FBI, Americans lose over $40 billion per year by becoming victims of fraudulent marketing of goods and services over the telephone or through the mail. While there are many legitimate telemarketing firms, there are also numerous fraudulent ones. Taking the time to learn how to tell the difference can save you time and money.

FAQ on Telemarketing Fraud