Ever gotten a call from a telemarketer? We’ve all been there and we can all agree that it’s SUPER annoying. There are a few nifty steps you can take to avoid sales calls, but we’ll start with getting your number on the National Do Not Call Registry (DNC). It’s a list that you can get your landline and mobile on, and it’s monitored by the government (more specifically the FTC).
Where do I sign up?
Because we believe you should have complete control over your phone, we make the Do No Call Registry accessible from your Whitepages account. If you already have a Whitepages account, then you can sign up by clicking “Do Not Call” in the left sidebar, as seen in the image below. From there you click the link, and get taken to the DNC’s registry page.
Then follow these three steps:
- Enter up to three phone numbers and your email address. Click Submit.
- Check for errors. Click Register.
- Check your email for a message from Register@donotcall.gov. Open the email and click on the link within 72 hours to complete your registration.
Please note: Your phone number will show up on the DNC registry within 24 hours, but it may take up to 31 days for you to stop getting telemarketing calls.
What to do if you’re still getting calls
Getting your number on the DNC means that you should stop getting calls from telemarketers. It doesn’t apply to political calls, charitable calls, debt collection calls, informational calls and telephone survey calls.
If you’ve been registered with the DNC for more than 31 days and get a sales call or a robocall (a call that end up being recorded messages), then you should file a complaint. The FTC lets you easily submit violations on their website. Here are a few points that are mandatory for you to file a complaint:
- Save the date and time the calls occurred
- Record the phone number it came from
- Write down the name of the business that called and whether or not it was a robocall
Will I see results?
A lot of the big reputable businesses have learned their lesson – with a fine of up to $16,000 per call, it’s no wonder. Unfortunately, there are a lot of shady companies that use robocalls to get a hold of you that violate the DNC. With how easy it is for the company to spoof their telephone number, it can be very tough for the FTC to track down the perpetrator. This means that you have to take matter into your own hands. When you get a telemarketing call from a robocaller on your mobile phone, we recommend hanging up on the call (don’t press any buttons even if they say doing so will get you off of their list) and downloading Whitepages Caller ID.
Whitepages Caller ID gives you spam alerts on incoming calls, so you can decide if the call is worth answering. It also lets you block them so you never have to deal with them again. Don’t just take our word for it—download it free in the Google Play Store!