The National Do Not Call Registry seemed like a great idea when it was created and began to be enforced in October of 2003. However, it’s a well-known fact that putting your number on this list won’t exactly rid you from robocalls forever. In fact, the FTC states on its own website that, “placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all.”
In theory, the Do Not Call List stops unwanted calls by threatening companies with fines of up to $40,000 for calling numbers that are on the list. They are required to check the list every 31 days, and you can file a complaint if a company calls you after your number has been on this list for more than that time period. However, certain types of calls are actually completely exempt from abiding by the Do Not Call List.
Types of Calls that CANNOT be stopped by the Do Not Call List:
Here’s a run down of the calls that, according to the FTC’s website, are excluded from obeying the Do Not Call List:
Calls from political organizations
Calls made on behalf of political figures or organizations
Now, getting the occasional call from a charity might be perfectly fine, but if you are like most people, you’ll find answering questions during a half-hour survey call is perfectly unbearable.
Fortunately, some call blockers have features that now allow you to block calls by type. For example, you can select “yes” for charities and “no” for survey calls, according to your personal preferences.
When is telemarketing illegal?
There are cases in which telemarketing is not only annoying, but it’s completely illegal. According to the FTC, callers must abide by these rules:
They can’t call anyone before 8 am or after 9 pm. (Too bad calling during dinner isn’t illegal)
They have to identify who they are and why they are calling right away
They must be honest about all the details about the goods or services they are offering and terms of sale, and they can’t leave any information out.
They can’t ask you to pay with money transfers (i.e. Money Gram, Western Union)
They can’t ask you to pay using gift cards or cash reload cards (you buy the card, they ask you for the PIN)
They can’t ask for your bank information to create a “remotely created payment order”.
If you get a call that does NOT abide by those rules, you can report it as an illegal call. If you have a call blocker installed, report it to the community members who also use your call blocker, if it has this function. This will keep those same illegal callers from reaching more people. In addition, block the number from reaching you again.