The Truth About Cell Phones and the National Do Not Call Registry

Contrary to re-circulating email:

  • There is no new cell phone national do not call database. There is only one National Do Not Call Registry. It is operated by the Federal Trade Commission and covers both cell and landline phone numbers.
  • Registering your cell or landline phone number is free. Once registered, a number stays on the Do Not Call Registry until the registration is canceled or service for the number is discontinued.
  • There is no deadline for registering a phone number on the Do Not Call Registry.


Scam telemarketers do not care about the Do Not Call Registry -- it makes no difference to them

You have it exactly right Dave. All of the websites that offer advice on how to stop all of the calls act as if we are dealing with people who are fine, upstanding citizens, when in fact, they are absolutely RUTHLESS. They have, in a way,taken over the telephone system of the country, and no one, including Uncle Sam, knows what to do to stop them. They route calls to us so that it is difficult, if not impossible, to trace trace them. There's no end to it.

I have been getting calls that ring once and hang up. From Dominica and Turks. These calls come in the middle of the night, ring once and hang up. There is never a message. What I am wondering is what are they getting from this? Since it is from other countries, I am sure there is nothing we can do to stop it other than add that number to my reject list on my cell.

This is most likely a scam trying to get you to call them back, not knowing you will be charged several dollars per minute for the call. I would check the area code, as there are lists of numbers of the scammers who engage in this practice.

I would like the FTC send send a squad to find and liquidate the operators of the "Credit Card Services" from which "Rachael" is their robot caller. With all of the money the NSA has squandered they need to trace the source of the robot calls take down these telephone terrorists. After all I pay taxes,

The gov. could not care less about this..... The dncl is a total joke, after all, it is a gov. run agency. This problem will never go away. You can complain, and complain and jump up and down, total waste of time.

All I know is that I used to get lots of telemarketing calls, but then I put my numbers on the list and I don't get any. Maybe I'm not on the bad list, but the Do Not Call Registry seems to have worked for me.

You live in a dream!!!!

Either she's telling the truth or it's a comment left by a scammer that makes their living or owns a company that's the very scum we hate. No such thing as too paranoid!!

The DNCL is a joke. I've been on it for years & got so many calls on our landline that we got rid of it. NOW, I get at least 2 calls a day from unwanted callers. I tell them to stop calling, I'm on the DNCL, they are breaking the law & I can take them to court & win money.

When I registered in 2009, it helped for a brief time. Now, I get no message calls. I get several a day that are fake numbers that look local. Calls from around the country. I refuse to pick up. I tell all friends to leave a message and I add them to contacts when confirmed so I'll recognize them in the future. It's all you can do.

Amen they are still calling but a different persons name

I would like the FTC to at least find the people responsible and publish their names, addresses, and pictures. I know our legal system takes longer and is more costly. Reports of prosecutions and court cases would be encouraging. But may be moot.

I totally agree with you. I get 3-4 of these calls from "Credit Card Services" on my home landline and on two government cell phones. Something needs to be done to stop those that are faking phone numbers and calling using voice over Ip. I'm sure that they're not in this Country!

I received the call too. I called my card company customer service to make them aware. She advised that she received many calls a day about this and advised to go to their abuse hotline and file a report with every detail I could remember. She said they are gathering all the info they can get to allow their lawyers to file a suit. I am betting their lawyers stand a better chance than the FTC does. I filed a report with them as well, but it hasn't done any good yet. Call your card company and let them know and hopefully the lawyers of the U.S.A. can get done what the government of the U.S.A. can't.

Just keep changing your number and don't sign up for anything with you're number or confirm any social media accounts with it... Also if you don't recognize caller ID don't pick up. I've never had a telemarketing company call me and those are my secrets. Don't even confirm your yahoo or gmail password with your number. Always hit skip skip skip.

Every time I register a number on the government do not call registry, I immediately get inundated with fraud calls. Someone in this database is selling phone numbers. This has now happened 4 times.

Omg same here. Changed numbers and didn't add to the dnc and no calls so far

Same! After I signed up I was innodated with calls and it hasnt stopped, which has been over a year now! I've blocked over 80 numbers and sent numerous complaints and yet the calls continue to flow to my cell phone. Ridiculous!

I suspect it's a terrorist smokescreen. By using a computer program to inundate phone lines, they make it harder to track communications between operatives. No better way to be hidden than to create a crowd. Nothing to back the idea, it's just intuition. Makes sense to me.

I beg to differ! With the NSA, all the different ways that spying can be done, the technology that exists we DON'T know about (the list goes on) you can't tell me that the FTC has no way to track, find, stop and prosecute these nasty, pond scum groups of people! I don't believe that for one minute! All this DNC dept of the FTC did was create a bunch of jobs for people that are sitting on their hinneys enjoying life. Have you EVER heard of the FTC busting up a ring of telephone scammers who were using the DNC list to call and harrass us? What about those who agree to allow the so called "credit services" co., lower their rates? But then again...I'm just calling it as I see it. And pretty much I see NADA from the FTC in the action Dept.

The FTC brings numerous cases against companies that violate the Do Not Call Rule. Here's a list of recent cases:
New technologies have made it easier and cheaper for scammers to call people illegally and to hide from the law. In fact, many of these calls come from overseas.

105 enforcement actions in what, a decade? Wow! Talk about aggressive . . .

well lol, if you added 10,000 more employees then they could double that number

I receive and have been on the Do Not Call List since it's beginning. I have receive numerous nuisance calls on a daily basis and it seems to be getting worse. I wrote my Congresswoman and didn't get any response. (Seems effective enforcement would be a great 'vote getter' for an honest politician). Has anyone in charge of these criminal enterprises been sent to jail over this? It seems to be a form of elder abuse or harassment. I agree with another poster 105 prosecutions over a decade with increased violators is not good enough.

That's pretty funny. Two actions brought so far in 2013. No way can you convince me these violators cannot be stopped. Just a simple question, what the heck do the thousands of government workers at the FTC do all day? Really, what do they do to stop this?

I have registered on the registry and still get 2 or 3 a day why dont u prosecute some of the ones that target me on a daily basis oh i know you are part of the govrrnment u just collect tax dollars and give them to illeagle aliens legal citizens are just here to pay for king obama's latest buz campaign i want to sue these companies!

You can help law enforcement by filing a complaint about calls you get that violate Do Not Call. Investigators look for patterns in the complaints. Your experiences, and all the details you can remember, help us enforce the law in your community and across the country.
If you haven't filed a complaint yet, please report your experience at Your blog comments aren't formal complaints.

I thought that this FTC might be helpful as another form of filing a complaint. But it isn't. In going through the Telemarketing complaint, it asks if you are registered on DNC and when I replied yes, all it does is send me to the DNC file a complaint. I already do this. And since I file daily for Free Bahama Cruise, I was hoping for more since this doesn't seem to be helping in stopping these calls.

If you’re getting repeated calls from the same number, your phone company may be able to block that number, but first ask whether there’s a fee for this service. 
If you’re getting unwanted calls from a lot of different numbers, look into a call blocking solution. There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Do an online search to look for reviews from experts and other users, and find out whether the service costs money.

Tbank you for this information. You can't expect something to happen if you don't get involved right?

There is no political will to fight these scammers. With all the tracing and surveillance technology at the government's/law enforcement's disposal, it is certainly possible to track them down and take them out of business. Any argument that it is not possible with a reasonable amount of money is just ludicrous. At the very least, the capability certainly exists to block such calls from clearly spoofed and abused numbers.

It is a hoax and farce they can't track them down...BIG brother has ALWAYS known how to deal with this, but they choose not to...They could track people in the 70's on any now is FAR superior.

So ummmmm the FTC sells our phone numbers? or...requires a telemarketer to buy the do not call list? I am sure they line up for that chance......from a 2017 FTC release about rising rates..
All telemarketers calling consumers in the United States are required to download the numbers on the Do Not Call Registry to ensure they do not call those who have registered their phone numbers. The first five area codes are free, and organizations that are exempt from the Do Not Call rules, such as some charitable organizations, may obtain the entire list for free. Telemarketers must subscribe each year for access to the Registry numbers.

The FY 2017 Registry access fees will increase slightly based on a re-evaluation as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007. Under the Act’s provisions, in FY 2017 telemarketers will pay $61 for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code (an increase of $1 from FY 2016), up to a maximum charge of $16,714 for all area codes nationwide (up from $16,482 in FY 2016). The fee for accessing an additional area code for a half year will remain the same at $30.

I agree with RD. I tell my students this is part of the Home front battle on Terrorism. They can spoof a number with a computer phone system to be any number they want. They are probably outside the USA.

I'm going to call BS on this. The NSA knows exactly where the calls are coming from. They collect all to the meta data WORLDWIDE. The lame ass Obama Administration (and Bush before him) simply cannot be bothered to deal with problems like this. It is after all just a problem for "little people". All the big shots have someone to answer the phone for them.

every telemarketer without exception is a scam! im getting numbers that do not even exist texting and calling me dozens of times per week, and ive been on the do not call list over a year and the calls are actually getting worse!

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your. We use it on our house phone and it hang up on robo calls.

My identity is stolen i have IPHONE who ever was in my phone destroyed my job Now i got new phone with blackberry phone They start changeing my passwords their Is no help no internet police to catch the thief other wise i have to sue monday Google to including apple yu mean yu can not see the blackberry owner His name and all that every thing is Recorded don't tell you can not or be sued my life is conected to that device If yu can not take care of the person Give me name and address i am sick of this

We generally don't answer the phone if we do not recognize the number. When I do and there is a pause after I speak, I immediately start hitting the # sign. I am told this messes up their auto dial computer. Give it a try, can't hurt.

thats just dumb. They are smart enoough to create a program that calls but not smart enough to deal the # sign...

Having personal experience working with autodialers, I can tell you that even the most basic/unsophisticated autodialers wouldn't be affected by hitting #, or any other button (unless it's a more sophisticated dialer using software that allows it to be programmed to do things like "press 1 to be transferred to a live representative"). Even still, unless it gives you an option to be removed from their calling list, pushing # won't do anything. In fact, doing so may accomplish the opposite. If programmed to, it could interpret hearing something on your end as "good" and its system could indicate the action of you pushing a button as it having reached a "good phone number" as it received some "human interaction".

Even if it is a more sophisticated setup, hitting # won't mess anything up. Autodialers are programmed to call at a certain time, or between certain hours, and call as many times as they're programmed to (i.e. if it's busy, it is usually programmed to try back in 15 mins). The same can be said for an "incomplete call", say for example it doesn't get a good connection (i.e. there's no "hello" and it just hears buttons being pushed.

I'm on this site because I'm annoyed with a company calling me on a daily fact in an interesting coincidence typing this post was interrupted by them calling me again.

Sorry to burst your bubble, I just know how they work.

I've been called two or three times a week by the same call. I did call back and was given a message that if I wanted them to stop to push the number nine and that it imay take 72 hours to have my cell phone number removed from their list. I AM ON THE NATIONAL CELL PHONE NO CALL LIST! I've done this at least 3 times and it didn't work. This has gone on for over 3 months. Called FCC, etc and was told it would be taken care of. Still getting the calls.

When you get illegal sales calls or robocalls, it's best to ignore them. Don't interact in any way. Don’t press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person or call back. That just leads to more calls.  These are useful details for a complaint.  Please report your experience at

Don't waste your time filing a complaint. I've wasted my time hundreds of times and these Spoofed callers keep getting worse. I dont answer, never call them back, I do everything I can to minimize Spoofed VoIP calls (and I have for years). If the Govnt. can crack Tor (to some degree), and take down a site like Silk Road -they certainly can end call Spoofers. However, the Govt. doesn't care about call spoofing. Just pay your taxes and keep people at the FTC employed -good Fido!

I disagree with this. I've been on the DNC list for as long as its existed and made many complaints at the site. In the beginning the DNC worked well because reputable companies respected it. Now a bunch of crooks and sleeze companies harass us endlessly. I do everything I can to waste their time. Express interest. Ask questions. Ask someone to call me back. Put them on hold. Fight fire with fire. Waste their time!

well, spending some $ to find out who they actually are and suing them seems to work pretty well for me. I made 80k in 3yrs suing multiple telemarketing firms and I have been on the DNC list since 2003.

Wish there a push to get legislation to offer a reward for anyone naming these people. The reward would be paid for through the fine imposed. If it was a big enough fine, it would become hard to resist the $$$$ .... could result in ratting on ANYBODY ... including relatives, etc. Half the fine imposed could go to the organization taking care of it. This could be a charitable org., etc.

Beautiful suggestion! Informants are the way to go. And an economic incentive is the key to encourage people to divulge information.

I agree. This government dept seems to be a republican scam and a waste of taxpayer money.

"A Republican scam"? Seriously? This is a perfect example of how the left has their head so buried in the sand that they cant/don't want to see the truth....Who's in office? At the time of your post, who had control of Congress? Wake up, and take action if you aren't happy! I realize its just part of youre nature to make excuses instead of actually fixing things.

Telemarketers do not consult the DNC list. They give an area code and prefix to the computer, and instruct it to randomly generate suffixes. Hackers and scammers also phish and spoof numbers. These animals go into chat rooms or communicate with each other in other ways, to share or sell entire lists of private information. In Florida, for instance, they even hold classes in a hotel suite: everyone brings their laptop, like a Tupperware party, and the leader teaches them how to purchase lists and steal people's identities. I do not understand why so many people are still unconsciously operating on the assumption that any of these give a damn about us. They are predators.

The national DoNotCall is like a dog without teeth or even worse a kitten without a mewl. It seems to have been implemented only to appease public outrage but to date there have been no penalties assessed. The only thing we could do is replace our reps but then they would become crooked like all the rest. It really PO's me that the majority has no say in this country.

You are right!

What's to keep the scammers from obtaining the DNCL, and using the list to call numbers that are verified working numbers by virtue of being on the list?

It is TOTAL BS that this is a hard problem to fix! It is NOT! Come on alreadY! We live in the computer age! You mean to tell me that for pennies every single phone line could not have a call routing system where a person can NOT ring through without either entering a password or answering a question only someone close would KNOW OR barring that would have to listen to a precorded message FIRST designed BY the the phone's holder that makes it virutally IMPOSSIBLE for ANY robo caller to get through AND leaves a message of distain for any human caller abusing the no call " we would NEVER EVER EVER even consider doing business with ANY enterprise that is abusing the phone system with illegal calls" etc....What I think? Is that this "DUHHH!" OBVIOUS answer is being DELIBERATELY IGNORED on account of POLITICAL and probably coporate greasing to keep the lines open no matter HOW MANY people are plagued by it! The rich can afford expensive computer switchboards and human answering services or personal assistants that create a buffer of privacy....but can youand afford it? We COULD IF it were made possible by stroke of the pen law requiring phone companies to provide the service and/or mass produced CHEAP would literally be pennies per phone line IF everyone had is a HUGE DUHH being flatly IGNORED! NO ONE appears to be honestly trying to solve the problem! The proof of what I am saying is that there ARE and/or have been even consumer priced systems that provide some of these trying to find one that does it all it seems obvious enough to me that these products are deliberately hampered by someone...

The truth? The truth is IF a solution is finally implemented, ALL these folks that work for the national do call registry are out of jobs not to mention lawyers making money going after offenders ...I will not be surprised if this is not approved for display here...although what difference it could make I have no idea seeing how it will be buried in all the the other approved comments. Bottom line is that individually people have a wicked tendency to self serving ABOVE what they KNOW in their heart is RIGHT. We justify all our sin making right wrong and wrong right ...our hypocrisy is to ACT all good but then when it comes time, when the rubber meets the road, we put our own self ABOVE what we KNOW is 2 cents why SO MANY problems remain problems for no good reason

Actually the solution to this is very simple. Hold the phone companies accountable for do not call violations. Right now they make money on these calls. If they were fined 50 cents or a dollar for each call you can be sure that they would put a stop to this nonsense.

I am getting my phone blown up again with all kinds of messages. I'm so sick of this. I put my cell phone on the do not call registry a couple times a year, it doesn't matter. I've HAD IT!! Earlier this morning, one called saying they were from Best buy fast five Visa and need me to call them back about my account and they ahve an urgent message for me. I don't have a visa Best Buy card, it was a scam. Now I just got another sketchy message left and all it said was Case file, please call immediately on our department number and leaves the number. I googled it, sure enough it's one of those IRS fraud calls. I can't tell you how many of those I've received over the years. I am the only person I know that gets all of these calls, on my cell phone anyway. I don't know what to do. Changing my number is a LOT of work and will it prevent these people from doing this again, probably not? This is just not right. They take advantage of old people, or young and naive. I mean at first they even had me thinking I did something wrong...I wish there were something to make this stop!!

Can you just take the credit card people away from their phone robotics? I ain't typing nothing more than click.

In the days before cell phones that didn't look like paving bricks, in a moment of dire financial distress I took a temp job at a place selling books of coupons. It was 3 rooms full of callers, and a stack of paper that started out (785)841-1000, and went through every number possible. We wrote notes besides the numbers that were disconnected, no answer, asked us not to call back, etc. and from time to time sold a coupon book. The next shift took over using same list. No one ever consulted a Do Not Call Registry. When that area code was done, the company moved on to a different city. Next year, same temp job was available. I hated the job, but needed a paycheck. And I have had way worse jobs. I am not asking for forgiveness for being poor and getting taken advantage of by a company that hired exclusively young, inexperienced labor, just maybe trying to explain that every call you receive may have someone at the other end who doesn't know they are breaking a law and who are being taken advantage of by a company who should know better.

When I moved I registered my cell phone, but this time decided not to register my landline number.and a funny thing happened - my cell phone, which IS registered, is inundated with sales and spam calls, and suddenly I am no longer receiving ANY telemarketing calls on my landline. Are scammers using the Do Not Call Registry as their marketing list?

Whether or not your private number is registered on the DNC, if you use that number in a business ad, then it becomes a business number and you can be put on a list and solicited.

you are right, that's why I placed a blocked and restricted to only incoming callers

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I don't understand why, since I'm on DNC registry I keep getting calls from Credit Card services, calls w/just the # showing, and many "unknown caller" phone calls. Isn't there any way the DNC can remove my # from these scam artists? I have answered the calls periodically, talked to a person selling something and DEMANDED THEY TAKE MY PHONE NO. OFF THEIR LISTS, but they never do it. AND it's getting worse - more calls every day. I usually just let them go into Vmail, but it's still unwanted solicitation calls that are supposed to be stopped by DNC. Anything FTC/DNC can do to stop this? PLEASE!

Babs PA...I completely understand your frustration on this. I am receiving 6-10 calls / day from Card Services, Card Member Services, etc. I have asked them to take me off their list. However, before you can get 2 words in...they hang up. I have also received calls where they ask you to press to to be removed from thier calling list. It doesnt work. IUt just lets them know that your number is a good number and they sell it to other scammers out there. I am completely fed up with this and so far..I have received over 300+ calls since 2007! I am registered on the DNC registry..but these guys do not care.

The worst thing about this "credit card services" scam.. 'cause that's what it is.. is they are constantly changing the phone numbers they use, probably spoofing Caller ID. I've reported numerous phone numbers, makes no difference. I too have tried to get them to remove my number - no luck. If get to a real person, and you say anything other than 'yes'.. they hang up on you.

Their 'offer' is hardly legit, saying they can lower your interest rates. The dumb thing is I have NO credit cards, so these people are completely bogus!!

yeah, I have been having the same issues. So much that I created a contact in my phone called "bullshit numbers" once they call from a number I place them in this list and that whole list is on AUTO REJECT!!
They seriously need to be found, changed, hung and beaten to death for their rude comments. Infact they just called me and I told them I was trying to find out how to have my number removed the girl said I dunno when you find out let me know! and hung up!! UGH hate rude and inconsiderate people! That whole company needs to be charged with harassment!

I talked to the credit card people once just to see what their scam was. When I told the caller that my balance was 0, he asked me to speak to his supervisor. I again said my balance was 0. They both started laughing and hung up. Unfortunately, they still call.

I have been dealing with this for over 3 years .Same thing - Credit Card Services- they hang up on you. I have ason reported it to My States asttorney Generals office wiothout success.

I tracked those credit card calls to Lucre, Inc and since I've called them I've not received a single call from them. Try this phone number (616) 361-0128. When they call you there's no chance to request that your number be removed. That is an option when you call them.

Your response sounds like a scam!

And they really don't like it when you call them repeatedly and hang up. Just FYI.

This is bad info. I called this number and they have nothing to do with credit cards.

still receive many unwanted calls, without enforcement doesn't seem to make any difference to be on the do not call list

While I have registered all of our phones on the Do Not Call Registry (and do so every year to ensure). It seems the sneaks continue to get our home & cell numbers. I have been filing complaints against telemarketers on the National Do Not Call website, but what is helping the most, is contacting the State Attorney General's website and filing complaints there as well.

This list is worthless without enforcement and the government knows it. Why even have one?
The government has no interest in stopping the scammers so enforcement will never happen.
This form of theft is a defacto business practice. This list only helps the government obtain information on citizens for its own use that would otherwise unattainable.
What else is there?

I, lost my phone I got my personal information like my debit Card I need a lock asao

I put these idiots on hold. It takes anywhere from 7-10 minutes for this to revert back to "If you want to make a call". Hopefully it will tie up their system. I get four to five of these robo calls a day. I have tried calling their number back, but alwlays get a busy signal!! I am sick of it to the point of terminating the telephone service and going to email only.

Omaknits - Stopping your phone service, and going to only enail....yup, that'll really show em! Lol, the only one losing would be you...

I entered my cell phone # on the DNC list and Immediately started to receive soliciting calls. What's with that!!!!!!?????? I say, if you are not getting calls, don't risk calling and registering with the DNC, seems like you're asking for it!@#*+#

We've had our home and mobile numbers on the DNC registry for years now, and it doesn't make a bit of difference. I just re-registered them, for all the good it will do. We've been getting approximately 7-10 solicitation calls a day (not charity/political/surveys). I used to answer the calls and politely tell the called we are on the Do Not Call registry and to please take us off their lists. They usually say they will, but sometimes they get very nasty and/or just hang up. Often they try to get around the DNC list by saying they spoke with us earlier about (new construction/windows, etc., etc.), and I tell them, "No they didn't," and to please take us off their list. This does no good at all. If I ask for the name of the company, they usually just hang up. Now, when the phone rings, I have to run to the phone and look at the LED screen; if I don't recognize the number/person, I let it go to voice mail. Most times, it just hangs up. This is harassment--running to the phone each time, and not being able to answer the phone.! I don't think anything is being done to catch these callers. This is not to even mention the Robocalls, which come in 3-4 times a day!

I've been on the dnc list 3 years and get the same Credit Card Services calls. Filed a complaint with Fed Trade Commis. FTC told me they dont have the power to do anything . ( So why take my complaint ?? ) Have some FUN with it . When they call , your 1st words are " IS THIS THE BEST AND ONLY JOB YOU COULD GET ? COME ON , YOUR BETTER THAN THAT , GO OUT AND TRY SOMETHING ELSE ... CAUSE YOUR NOT MAKIN ANY MONEY HERE ... HELLO ....HELLO ? ....If they are going to waste my time , I'll waste theirs .If we get a movement of everyone saying the same thing maybe we can get our point across . Or atleast lower they're work force .

Another government failure. Wonder how many people are supposedly working in the Do Not Call Registry group. That's the job I want. Report to work, get paid and do nothing. This has been going on for years. I read somewhere that they receive over 200,000 complaints a month. I wonder how many fines they've issued.

The FTC brings numerous cases against companies that violate the Do Not Call Rule. Here's a list of recent cases: .
New technologies have made it easier and cheaper for scammers to call people illegally and to hide from the law. In fact, many of these calls come from overseas.

I'm sure they go after one every now and then,like if they harass democrats, or don't pay off anyone in Obama's clan. Tell me please, how is it that the lower your interest c.c. calls have continued for so many years with NOTHING having been done! It seems to me, O's FTC manages to stop others, so why not this one? Are you telling me, the c.c. ring is the only major scammer out there that knows how to hide? If FTC was able to bring some to justice, they have the tools to get the rest.

these calls have been going on long before President Obama. I get calls from Republicans, Democrats, and independents!even calls looking for people i never heard of, just because the last name is the same. however; I don't answer these types of call, they go to voice mail, if they make it past the recording!

This service did curtail telemarketing calls to my land line but did not completely stop them. I recently registered my cell phone and waiting to see if it does any good.

Why are callers allowed to use false caller ID #s. If that was illigal then the true phone number calling could be seen and reported, and traced. I'm tired of trying to find the callers number on redial call back of ID # only to hear "that number is not in service" Seems an easy fix Mr. FTC/FCC

Just review the FTC Enforcement action reported-SO FAR 1, that is ONE, yes only 1 this year. No wonder my phone is costantly receiving unwanted calls many times EVERY DAY!! Way to go FTC!!

Do everything to tie up their lines like talking to their represenatives with the the same BS they give you or just lay your phone down and wait for the beeping to start the hang up. If everyone did this they soon would be out of business.

In addition to the card service jerks, the free security system folks are just as bad. I too am on the DNC list & have filled out complaints to my state atty gen. No action of course. The worst is when the phone # pops up as a local company but it's "them." I called one of the #'s & it turned out they had used a real person's #. Disgusting.

I was very crude & rude for awhile but recd a death threat from the jerk on the other end. We now just try to bust their chops. We talk to them in a foreign languge or gibberish. We answer & then ask them to hold, put down the phone, pick it up again, ask them to hold. We see how look we can keep them on the line. Act like you are interested but suddenly can't hear what they are saying. These games can be fun for our side.

Get yourself a whistle and use it when you get unwanted calls

Best advice so far!

I have read from someone who used to be a telemarketer that if someone is really nasty or rude to them they pass around their number to the others and have everyone call them.

Here is my story.
I NEVER give my cell number out, i have a fake phone number that i use for EVERYTHING, i never got any telemarketing calls. It was great.
So, the FAKE DO NOT CALL LIST comes out, a few years later i add my cell number to it, within one month i started getting TONS of calls, i was furious.
So, i took my cell off the DNC registry, it took about 6 months but the calls dried up. I rarely get calls now.
I DO BLAME THE GOV, they SELL the call list to anyone! They do not require a USA business check to sell it, so, they are profiting from OUR numbers, they LOVE this list and encourage all to put there numbers on it. They have more info on you and there making money selling to scam companies.
If you want privacy get your NUMBER OFF THE LIST, wait for about 6 months and come back here and tell me how your calls stopped to.
What have you got to lose? Your being flooded with calls now, well im not, not anymore!

what can be done to stop "robo" calls including ones from politicians?

Don't put it on your voter registration. That's where they get all the numbers for politicians to call.

I have been on the DNC list since its inception. What a letdown it has been! The best thing I do is just screen the calls. If I recognize the Caller ID, I pick up. But otherwise I let whoever is calling leave a message. Most telemarketers don't leave messages. I also have the phone on 7 rings and most telemarketers give up long before the 7th ring. It is all still aggravating though. The phone companies need to come up with something since the government is such a letdown.

Dear FTC - please find a few aggregious and non-aggregious cases to prosecute on scammers. Make an example, let telemarketers know they need to take the DNC list seriously. It worked for music infringement i.e. Napster. Let 'em know no one is exempt or "under the radar" and they can be hit with a huge fine at any time. Thanks.

How do you enter a number when it comes up "out of area'? I'v been putting my number in this data base for years and not one call has stopped coming it. I am truly beginning to think that this is a con to make us think you are doing something for the public. Its a big joke.

I feel everyone's pain. Unfortunately asking the FTC to control robocalls is the same as asking your Public Utility Commission to control your utility rates. It is almost impossible and not in their best interest. The laws are written so broadly as to give almost everyone a way to legally bypass them. Political calls would be a great example.

Don't: answer any call that doesn't have a name attached and leaves a message from a human.
Anything else confirms that they found a working number.
Do: Bury your elected Reps. and the FTC with email, letters and phone calls until they respond.

What do you do when they start calling when you are asleep? We deactivate the phone before bed time....Some life..

Contrary to the statement above saying, "No numbers on the Do Not Call Registry are being released to telemarketers", the telemarketer is required to download the list to scrub their list with. Once they download the list, an unscrupulous telemarketer will use the downloaded list to make calls.

Never in a million years should you ever register a cell numbers on the DNC, because you change it from an unlisted number to a number that is now on this list that telemarketers are supposed to download.

Do Not Call Registry? What about the sms services, "Do not send sms Registry" (short messaging system). One of the worse spammers is T-mobile company i got on average 8 sms per month from them. that's like 2 per week.

Threaten your provider that you will change service provider. They are the ones making money on your phone! Follow the money !!!

answer the calls and ask stupid questions. If the interest goes to 7.75 what would my payment be if i make no more purchases until july 2015. If interest drops to 6.75 what would they be and so on. they catch on quick you are jackin with them.

I just put my phone on one ring only and just call back the person I want to talk to

The FTC is to blame. They could easily make reporting complaints much more convenient by having a key on the phone such *99 to instantly report a scam call. They choose not to do this.

If you get a call from someone soliciting or spamming you, they must identify who they are and why they're calling. Get there full name, identification, record them on your cell phone, and once done, let them know you have recorded the entire call, that you are registered on DNC, and that you are now reporting their call with evidence to FTC. Let them curse and act like jerks all they want, but once you have all the evidence from the recording, tell them have wonderful day and that you have recorded the call so you can hand this off as part of the police report and evidence for the FTC. After the call ask your phone company to block them. *WE ALL HATE SPAMMERS AND ILLEGAL THREATS FROM FAKE COLLECTION COMPANIES*

What makes you think they would comply with rules where "they must identify who they are and why they're calling"? Have you had success with this?

Sue them under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Some people make a living at that. Google search how to sue.

I thought the amount of scam calls would go down not up when I registered my number. I am getting calls from scammers offering healthcare (for my deceased relrelative), car insuranace renewal (I don't drive never have), bounced checks ( for bills paid in cash) credit card offers (in my dogs name), debt collector about a Tmobile account ( I never had )just to name a few. Can't anything be done to stop this?

OOPS! I just cleaned up a paper file folder and saw that my original Do Not Call was filed in 2003 and expired in 2008. I just re-registered, and now I wonder if my tel No will generate unwanted calls. Anyway, here's what I do to unwanted calls: I just say, "Tell me all about it," and then I put the phone down on the countertop and hang up 15 mins later. OR: I ask the name of the company they represent, ask for its telephone number, tell the caller that I have recorded it, and say that I will never do any business with that company. If everyone did this or something similar, solicitous phone calls would cease. Then watch your mailbox...

I have a cell phone for medical reasons, I am awaiting a call to recieve a kidney transplant. I am tired of my cell phone minutes being wasted while I am hooked up to a dialsysis machine. What good is this registery, if the Government will not prosecute these people ? Just another example of how inept our Federal Government really is !!

1) Remember, the "Do Not Call List" ONLY covers solicitors that use a phone book or phone number listing with your name!
2) Many calls may show up with the number only because it's a nurse calling from an unlisted extension at the doctor's office, for example -- only the MAIN number's show up as "Dr. Ralph Doe".
3) Year ago I was a telephone solicitor and we didn't use phone books or listings with names -- we'd have a "random number list". For example -- 217-555-1234; 217-555-1235; 217-555-1236; etc. If they're calling randomly, it doesn't matter if you're on the list or not.
4) I also worked for a nationwide classic car magazine. We'd contact the DMV and get a list of all older cars that could be considered classics, say before 1980. The company'd pay a certain amount and get a list of the cars, and their owners and contact info -- MANY places sell lists like this.
5) Leaving YOUR phone off the hook doesn't accomplish anything -- if you don't speak to them within 10-15 seconds, THE CALLER will just hang up and they've freed their line while YOURS is still off the hook and tied up so no one can call YOU!
6) Most solicitors are required to make a certain number of calls each day, this is probably why, many times, you're phone will ring and no one will be there. They're just trying to get their quota of calls in.
7) If it's a large company, everything is computerized. There's a "queue" of phone numbers waiting to be called. As each telemarketer hangs up, the next calls AUTOMATICALLY goes to them, they don't dial the number and, sometimes, it takes 5-10 seconds for them to actually "get" the call and speak. It's the automated system that's causing those problems.
*** Point is: Even though you've registered with the Do Not Call List, it doesn't mean you won't get calls. It only means you won't get CERTAIN CALLS! ANYTIME you write your number down, anyplace, or give it to ANYONE, that's a potential unsolicited phone call.

I sent an email to the FBI. Someone has got to be able to track these a-holes down and stop them.

And these people that make the calls? How can they live with themselves?!

Scammers don't have what we call a conscience.
They live very easily with themselves.
Not everyone is raised with morals, some of these people were probably raised in hellish conditions, etc., etc.
I hate em too. Just keep trying is all we can do.
Thanks for several new ideas people. Let's bury these charletons.

2-3 phone calls a day for several weeks now from "GE Home Security". I have filed a dozen or more complaints on the FTC web site. They keep calling anyway. The spoofed caller ID number changes every few days.

It should be a crime to spoof a caller ID phone number. It should be made impossible to do in fact.

The do not call lost is another governmental agency that just eats tax money and makes some people feel good and is worthless. Only honest people obey laws.
We can stop all of this ourselves. I have 4 ring tones on my phone. 1 for my wife 2. for the rest of family 3 people I want to hear from and 4 all the rest. I answer the first three those are people programmed in my phone. If I add a name i'll put them in either 2 or 3. I expect anyone else to leave me a message and I'll call them back when I want to. I expect the same reaction when I call anyone. I'll leave a message and wait to be called back. If we all started do that instead of complaining then this stuff would stop. I am getting a whole lot less calls of late. I always leave my phone in the other room at night unless I know someone may need me. my entire family knows that no matter what the news is it will have to wait until morning. I wish they could fix it that if a call ID isn't supplied then my phone won't ring. They only do this stuff because we have been conditioned to answer the phone when it ring. Decondition yourself.

Don't answer the phone. Let it go to voice mail. I used to get 10 calls a day but now I just get one or two every other.

Everyone needs to check out how easy it is to buy the do not call registry.
Yes, this registry has single handedly made it possible for every scammer on the PLANET have our phone numbers.
So, the next step is to get a bill passed that holds the phone companys responsible for selling numbers overseas. Also if a company harrass's anyone then the phone company needs to be held responsible if they dont shut there phones off and not allow them to have another. We need some harsh laws and rules here now. I hate my phone, what was once enjoyable is now something i feel i have lost all my privacy. And meanwhile OUR GOV is still making money selling our numbers!

Step 1 - Never answer toll free numbers or area codes you don't recognize.
Step 2 - Check to see if your phone service has selective call forwarding. If so, enter the spam numbers from your caller id, then forward those numbers to your favorite politician or government agency. You'll need to check your caller id every couple of weeks and update your list.

Here's the deal. As others have stated over and over, the Government's Do Not Call Registry is a total joke. Telemarketers and others ignore it. I don't use my cell phone often at all, but on my home landline, I finally had to get one of those devices that zaps all political robocalls, telemarketer calls (robocalls and otherwise), survey-taker calls, pfishing calls (You know, like "Hi, I'm Rachael with Credit Card Services, etc.), and all other unwanted calls. We were getting endless calls per week, morning , noon and night. I researched these devices thoroughly and ended up with one that actually works and is easy to use. Very easy. Seriously, this is about all you can do because the No Call List is a joke. This device does what the No Call List was SUPPOSED to do. It works great. Ah, blessed silence!

The Do Not Call Registry is mostly ineffective now that "spoofing" services (e.g. Spoofcard, Spooftel, etc.) are allowed to operate. Spoofed calls are made using random, unused numbers by telemarketers and criminals. Calls typically originate through the voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and cannot be traced without significant effort by law enforcement. The Federal government tried to address this by passing the "Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009". However, this law has very little effect in stopping those that intend to deceive or cause harm to others. You can block a spoofed number only to see another one show up on caller ID. This needs to be fixed at the federal level... if it's even possible.

Those of you who post on here claiming that when you receive a recorded scammer call such as one from "Card Services", you try to get a live person on the line, and then engage them in conversation attempting to waste their time, might want to re-think this idea. I used to think that wasting their time was a good idea too, not thinking that they already have your telephone number in front of them, and after I managed to keep one scammer on the line for over 10 minutes, and told him to get screwed when we got to the credit card number part, he started giving my number out to other people who were trying to get their number removed from their calling list, claiming that they had to call this (my) number to get their number removed. Needless to say I spent an entertaining afternoon and evening receiving calls from folks all across the country trying to have their number removed from a scammers call list.

These people are scum, and only looking for credit card numbers. And the FTC and State DNC personnel are not going to do anything about it. One earlier poster was quite correct; the people that staff these offices are an extreme waste of taxpayer money.

call the credit bureau and get put on the fraud alert. this will stop the credit card aps being mailed out and protect your credit.

I have a landline and I let all calls go to voicemail which my message states that the party at this number is on the do not call registry and doesn't accept telephone solicitation calls of any type. All others leave a message, That way I can screen the calls and put them on notice. There is a sense of satisfaction in that I don't have to deal with them.

Do not give up. Today I received more calls, five from a same person saying they were with Windows of Microsoft about my Computer sending them errors.Finally today I asked for verification numbers because they always came up Unknown Name, Unknown Number. Although this company had a website that needed to be translated to English (a big help there) I finally for an area code 205 and area code 703 Caller ID'd numbers to file a complaint with.Now if those are traceable I can see justice done on them for my repeated but ignored "I am on the do not call list" statements and "not interested" ones I made to them.Perhaps they will have interest in who is calling them from here,rather than who they keep calling at their telemarketing,misrepresenting company places I finally identified.Ask for call back verification phone numbers of who they are, then say you will return their call when you reach them. It works.

DW, when I mention the do not call registry they immediately hang up, except for the one I reported. I did not like it because they pretended to be a company all computer people know and have in some form or another. I did not want others bothered by this group for that reason. It is my first time the do not call did not work. Next time I say it, I will simply hang up on whoever it is that is calling, the do not call I will say to them, will let them know why in very loud words...spoken softly...before the dial tone in their ear!!!

I've been receiving calls where the phone rings and there is no one there, but the signal indicating that the call is being recorded is heard every second or two. This can go on for a couple of minutes, tying up the line. I cannot disconnect the call when hanging up, even though I try several times, hit the # key and others many times. These calls will be received again every 5 to 10 minutes for an hour and more.

Telemarketers will never stop no matter what. They call my house from 5 - 10+ times a day, Even late at night. I have Caller ID and the name and number come up unknown 90% of the time. Phone companies probably getting paid off to keep there mouth closed about these calls.

I just screw with these people when I have time. I love the car warranty calls. They've been calling me about a car I got rid of 5 years ago! And they never update their records, so they'll never remember you screwed with them. I like the card services people too. I've tormented them so badly over the years. I was mimicking one woman's accent the other day, pretending like I was of another nationality, and she said "OK, why don't you go find someone else to play wit." was classic.

I have been getting these call for years like many of you. The thing that really scares me is that today while at Burger King with my kids, I received 2 calls in a row (334-798-0784) and then (605-865-2870). Shortly after the calls I was leaving and noticed a silver car with paper temp plates. The man was turk-ish just sitting in his car staring at me and kids. I am concerned that this may have something to do with the calls. They are not making any money with the scams but they may be collecting data and spying on us!

The only thing I see that we can do, is to all get together and tell the phone companies that I got 25 of these calls this month, so I am not paying the bill. I got 3 this month, so I will pay 2/3 of the bill. You would need thousands of people to do this. Once we started to financially cripple the phone company as a whole, they will address the situation pretty quick.

Like everyone here, we've had the same violation of our rights, by Microsoft....India wanting to take control of our computers??? Really, India? Can't you come up with better money making ideas? My ultimate solution...wait for it....SCREAM at the top of your lungs every time they call. Mysteriously, many of the "human" manned calls have stopped. Make sure it's not a legitimate call before you try this.

Is this list just to make us feel better? I've been on it for years and the calls have not even lessened. If the government really wants to lessen the national debt maybe they should start handing out more fines. I give them names and numbers every week and I know from looking up numbers other people are reporting the same callers.

Websites are asking for a phone number more these days to either send a text message to confirm a web account set up, or, as a means of making sure you log in correctly, or whatever. They are dreaming ways to get your phone number and it needs to stop! Nip it in the bud. Google / You Tube, Facebook are all asking for a phone number now. BS!

is there a charge if the dnc stop the call

So does the National No Call List people sell your phone number to telemarketers? It wouldn't surprise me a danged bit. They have all of your information and there are crooks everywhere nowadays.

Fire all the people that work for the 'Do Not Call' agency. Then fire all the politicians that don't find a way to enforce the law. If they can't, then impeach the politicians for not following our laws. I'm sick and tired of funding government agencies that don't deliver.




Perhaps you don't realize this, but when you type in all-caps it's called "flaming" and it looks like you are yelling at people. Please use lower-case characters, it's the polite thing to do online.

A solution is possible: enforce tech law with service providers that pressing *99 during a call traces the call to true source (not just the advertised Caller ID), logs the true source with FTC as spam right then and there, and blocks that true source from accessing the receiving DID. The technology exists.

The FTC and phone companies can stop this. I sure if these were terrorist groups they would find who they are. We need to put pressure on elected officials to stop this, make it a election issue for candidates.

They are terrorist. They call people everyday and solicit illegally and hide behind the FTC and the Telephone Companies.

Terrorist working under the cover of our government.

If i try that *99 within seconds of next 12..13.. 14... digit overseas number.. then what? Where can i find the true source if that does i fact work? And what then?

This does not work! I've added my cell number to the do not call list and it makes no difference, I am still getting loads of spam calls

wow. not one person has mentioned the one and only thing that would make this go away. it's classic b. f. skinner. the behaviors of the telemarketing execs are intermittently reinforced by an occasional sale when cold calling. the only way to extinguish their behavior is to never provide another instance of reinforcement, that is, if people never again (starting today) bought a product or service from a telemarketer, then the entire telemarketing industry would be totally gone within about 5 years. can we make that happen? dang hard to do so, i would say. it means if you've been meaning to have your roof looked at and someone calls to ask if you'd like to have your roof looked at, you need to [1] ask to be put on thier no call list - the only info you should ever have with any of them - and [2] see it as a reminder or an omen that you need to find someone to look at your roof.

but as difficult as it would be for this to go global, the solution is still the solution. we who care enough to post here or read what's on this page should at least live the solution. spread the word, too, that we have found the solution and it's just a matter of it becoming viral. someone who can make a video put this on youtube. everyone email their friends and loved ones that this will work if we can just be true to the cause of eliminating this pest.

p.s. this would work for street-corner panhandlers, too, and with them it's even easier to see why... if everyone rolled down their window to hand them a dollar, wouldn't there be more and more street corners with panhandlers? of course. and if no one ever again rolled down their window to give out money or food, wouldn't they disappear after a while? i believe that is true, also. telemarketing is the same, reinforcement - even intermittently - is enough to keep them doing it, and more and more over time.

Exactly! But most folks don't know operant conditioning. They don't realize that negative reinforcement (in this case, telling them to stop, yelling at them or trying to offend them) is still reinforcement.

I just recently got a new # & hadn't even given it to anyone immediately my phone was ringing off the book trying to sell me home security. I she'd where they got my number & they said they were a partner with the phone company. I was getting them on the middle of the night. So I unplug my phone till needed.

The phone company gave you a number that had not been out of circulation long enough. Try to ask them to give you another number, one that has been defunct longer.

That's not the explanation. When a new phone number is assigned, your phone company is required to provide your name and address to CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers) in order to provide directory assistance. Fake (or unscrupulous) CLECs sell that information. They know you haven't yet had time to be added to the DNC registry. DNC should be the default for all newly issued numbers. To confirm this, ask them if they know your name. Don't blame your own phine company. They are required to hand your info over .

How about changing your phone number !? Would that work?

since i got an apple iphone i've been getting all these freak phone calls.

I also have a problem since i got a Iphone all these very freaky and threatening calls from numbers like 3338659465 and 5619076003 like this one guy threatened me by finding me and hurting me just because i asked him to take me off his call list this has to stop

What we need is a reverse app. That way you put in a numbers that are allowed and only those numbers can call you, and if someone is trying to reach you, they have the option to push a number that will let you know, but they are informed that if they are rejected, they will receive a $1.00 charge on their bill. This app would be awesome!

the phone companies need to be mandated by law to provide a means for callers to flag incoming calls as DNC violations while the call is in progress. A certain number of reports would result in automatic fines and termination of access to the network. I'm sure that this would have an effect.

Why not have a number to call to be put on a call me list instead of a do not call list. . .

I guess because no body would call to be on that list.

The no call list is worthless just like our government; where are the real representatives of the people...the no count, blow hards need to be removed just like the spammers and cheats.

These unwanted phone calls are annoying especialy when I am waiting on important phone calls about possible job interviews. I wonder how many oppritunities I lost answering these annoying calls. These guys need to stop their harrassment. First I was getting calls from "windows techs" then they stopped for now and now I'm getting calls asking for someone who doesnt live here that has a loan.

I loaded an app Call Control which does block the call. It has become a cat and mouse game. The sports bet just uses another number. What is needed is an app that reroute the call to our US govt Do Not Call, our local elected politicians and the phone company we receive our service from.

I got NO harassment calls until I put my numbers on the DNC registry. I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not, but I do know that it's a waste of time relying on the DNC.

Cell phone, land line, the scumbags do not care. No one cares. We need to institute the death penalty for spammers and telescum. I'm not even joking. I despise these people so much it scares me.

Yaknow, that's something I hadn't thought of! Businesses can ask for that list on the presumption that they want to avoid calling people on the list... And, duh, it didn't occur to me until I read your entry, that it could also be used by criminals for more victims. Sigh.

Be aware that "Rachael" the robo-caller is very much active again s=this week. What I would suggest is that with the militarization of all the government agencies the FTC send their equivalent of "Seal Team 6" to take out these telephone terrorists. Even taking them out one at a time would be worthwhile use of all that spy technology. I am posting this on the government run FTC site in the hopes that someone in the federal government will actually take action to stop the telemarketers by force.


I didn't get 1/4 the sales calls- until right after I got on the Do Not Call list. I didn't put the business numbers on there, so no increase in calls. Only when I listed the cell phone number- and then the calls grew like grass!

True, I've tried the do not call number many times, and it does not work. What I do, is I simply DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE! I also don't run for the phone when it rings, if it is not near me. Everyone I personally know, including doctors offices, etc., leave a message. No message, no answer, and that goes for family and doctors offices, etc., should they not leave a message. Also, whenever I'm making a call to a store or somewhere not really important, I block my ID, and then unblock it for family, etc. Sure, my way does not stop the bogus incoming scam calls, but it sure isn't going to ruin my day. I set my ring tone very quiet but still able to hear, and just check my phone messages a few times a day. It is not the best solution, but it works for me, until someone can come up with a better way. I may miss an urgent call, but hey, that's life, because I may also miss it sleeping or taking a shower, again, that's life. So personally I don't give a darn how many times others I don't know call, let them waste their time, but I won't waste mine on them. Everyone that matters to me and I know, always leaves a message, and when they do, I can hear it across the house! So, I don't miss too many calls that are relevant. My ring tone is set to quiet, so I'm not bugged by scammers ringing me all the time, but my message volume is set high, so I don't miss important calls, and the scammers and solicitors NEVER leave a message, so the voice message is not a constant, but rare thing.

That's exactly what I do... Look at my caller ID and listen to my screening feature, between the two, I can rule out the scammers most of the time. Scammers don't leave messages, they don't ring more than one to four times, and their numbers on caller ID are often easy to spot. It's no different than refusing to get up and unlock your front door when a stranger knocks on it, and if you do get up, they don't know that you can see them through your security peephole. It's just a new habit or attitude you need to develop. As you say, you can always call back anyone important you missed while in the shower.

Craigslist is one of the way all these stupid spammers get your phone number and email address. As soon as you advertise in Craigslist, you will get tons of spam calls immediately Yes, I need to put the phone number in the ad because that's how people contact me! This DO NOT CALL LIST is ONE BIG JOKE! No one is going to spend the money to hire a lawyer to sue these spammers, and they know that! THAT'S WHY THEY KEEP CALLING!

Let's get Obama out of our White House!

The FTC's job is to "follow trends" and send you information about your right to sue the caller (which is ridiculous because it's a phished or spoofed number that cannot be tracked, you will only rarely find out who the callers really are). They are not there to protect individuals. It's up to you to wise up, just the same as the fact that your local police will probably expect you to protect yourself in real life too because they may not get there in time. You need to learn how,to be defensive. Read on:

The following advice will reduce the number of scam calls you get considerably: Turn on the screening feature on your phone system, Use it, along with glancing at your caller ID, to eavesdrop on the caller without picking up. Don't engage, don't pick up your phone. Only answer numbers you recognize. Don't block a scam phone number, because they will just create another one, and "better the devil you know than the devil you don't." You can always call back a valid caller and explain why you didn't answer. Try to remember that the person at the calling end is a predator who is out to get you and has no conscience. Therefore, it will do no good to be polite, ask them to take you off their list, give them your email address/home address so they can send you information, tell them you're busy... or try to mess with their heads. All but this last one are considered "soft refusals," and they will call you again because what they are thinking is that you've shown them it's a real number with a person naive enough to answer. As for the last one... If you p--s them off, they will proceed to share your number, and any other personal info about you, with other hackers and scammers, so don't interact with them, it's only "borrowing trouble."

I can guarantee that over time, if you screen your calls and do not interact with them, the number of calls you get will diminish, though they will never go away entirely. It will make you feel powerful and in control, instead of being their victim. I find it to be a very satisfying feeling. Most of these robocalls seem to know if your answering machine answers instead of you, and they hang up the moment your machine picks up and starts to speak instead of you.

Also be aware that the scammers that hang up after one ring, want you to call back... The code for the country they are calling from (like Bahamas, Jamaica, Canada) is the same as yours and there isn't enough room on your caller ID to see it, and if you do call them back, you will automatically be charged a few dollars base fee plus per-minute charges. They know you won't get there in time to answer after only one ring, and they hope you will call back so they can attach charges to your account. Remember: you are not dealing with decent people, you are dealing with predators, you owe them no courtesy, and anything you do or say to them is only considered a soft refusal, which encourages them to call you again and share your number with other scammers. And never play games with them, because if you p--- them off, they know more than you and they will escalate, and you will get even more scam calls, and possibly they will share your info with hackers who can do a lot of damage to you, and even phish your phone number to harm others.

If you still want to call Do Not Call to report these scammers, by all means do, but all the FTC will do with your report is add it to their data base. They will not be helping you individually. I stopped wasting my time doing that last year, it became too disruptive because of the number of daily calls I was reporting and my frustration with the FTC.

REMEMBER: You do not have to open your front door when an uninvited stranger knocks, you would peek at them first through a security peephole (and a phone's "peephole" is your screening feature plus caller ID), and in fact, you don't even have to get up and answer the knock at all... so why would you answer your telephone when a scammer is calling? Would you go to your front door and mess with a stranger? No, you wouldn't. It's a brave new world out there, and you need to treat these jerks with the same "street smarts" you use in real life.

I use my cell phone for work and as soon as I registered my cell number on the DNCL I've been flooded with calls from Wyoming to Texas and everywhere in between. I cannot tell which is a BS call or a work call. Most of these when answered are a busy signal. What does that mean? I end up using my call block feature on my phone to help diminish but really aggrevating!!!

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How can you say that "No numbers on the Do Not Call Registry are being released to telemarketers."? How else would they know who they're not supposed to call? I put our home number on the list and our telemarketing call number went up tenfold! Obviously they use the list!

For years, I've been on the do not call registry. Yet, I get several calls a day on both my cell and my home phone. When I tell them I'm on a do not call list, they usually hang up on me and call keep on calling. I've even been harassed and called names by these so called telemarketers. Obviously, this isn't working, something more has to be done.

On Friday, 4/3/15 I received 34 calls between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm. I have been on the DNCL for years. I generally get between zero and two calls a day. I wonder what was so special about 4/3/15 that I received so many calls in one day. Most were from different numbers. I did talk to one lady and told her I was on the DNCL. In the past I just wouldn't answer, but I was curious why so many? Today I have received 14 so far. They started at 6:45 am and it is now 12:40 pm. I am at my wits end.

The do not call list is pretty worthless. I've been registered for years and I get at least one call a week from scammers and telemarketing jerks. They don't even care whether they are violating the DNC.

Many times I have rushed into my house from my yard to answer our phone to be harassed by a telemarketer.Now, I take my phone outside with me. These calls were especially frustrating when my mother was very ill in a nursing home and every time the phone rang my heart would race with extreme worry.
In order to combat this persisting problem we need to organize and fight as one group. Who wants to get our protestors organized? It's time to do something about it instead of complain which has not been effective.

The State of Illinois has sold the contact info for every licensed insurance agent to every insurance company across the country. I get 10 to 20 calls per week just trying to get me to represent their products. The problem starts with the crooks running the state agencies.

I registered my cell phone but now I'm getting more calls than ever so I put a DNC warning on my voicemail and although they don't call again, I still get multiple calls from all over to my cell and texts too! What happened? Is this list on the FTC site bogus or what?!?

Since 2009, the FTC has seen a significant increase in the number of illegal sales calls – particularly robocalls. The reason is technology. Internet powered phone systems make it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to display fake caller ID information, which helps them hide from law enforcement. The FTC is pursuing a variety of technology-based solutions to combat illegal calls and practices. For more information, see National Do Not Call Registry.

I think any and all businesses should have to have their name shown as well as their phone numbers. Please do not answer any calls unknown, anonymous or private unfortunately we learned this hard way, we got phone slammed about 10 years ago and ended up with a $500 phone bill, thankfully we were able to prove everything to the phone company. Of course this was a landline but if you don't know the number or it shows up as anonymous, unknown or private do not answer, if it is a legitimate call they will leave a a legitimate message. My favorite are the autodialers that go to voice-mail and still leave the to speak with a representative press 1 or other sort of options. They want you to answer, to press a button to be removed from their list, they just want to prove it's a working, legitimate number. If I don't know the number, name, anything I will not answer, leave a real message and I night call you back.

Only idiots would defend a policy allowing the unrestricted spoofing of telephone numbers. For those organization that may require spoofing for safety or other valid reasons, they must be required to get a licence to use this technology.

get a "call blocker". I would get3-4 calls a day. installed call blocker and after about a month receive none. I program whole area code after a call so they can't use different numbers. I have over 250 area codes blocked. I only keep local area codes open. If you get a local call you can just block a certain number.

Couldn't Multiple calls to residences over time map when the residents are not home making it easier for burglars!! Please get busy and fix this problem before there is big problems.

I considered buying one of those call-blocking gizmos for my landline, but after looking at some of the manufacturer names I became suspicious... what are the odds that these things are being sold by the very same overseas companies that are illegally robocalling us all day and all night?

About every few days I receive a call from "OBAMA" on my cell phone and if I do not answer it then it just keeps ringing instead of going to voicemail or just stopping. If I answer then it just plays music. I have googled this with various keywords and get nothing relevant. Any ideas?

There needs to be another section for complaints. The complaint form acts like you answered the call.You have a choice not to answer and these people then call you all day

Well I'd like to know where is my portion of these settlements after filing soooo many complaints with them. The court should order the perpetrators to give $5000 per complaint per person. Maybe then they would stop. And it should be strictly enforced by doubling it if it is not.

Well, this stream of comments have answered almost all my questions, but I am still left with the most important: I registered my Cell Phone with the DoNotCall Registry in 2007 and 2015 has been a year of non-stop abuse and phone harassment associated with my registered phone number not limited to the following: robocalls, spoofing, and telemarketing type phone calls- WHAT NEXT? What's offered to all of us whom have yet again become significantly victimized? Not only has it been extremely bothersome and disturbing, but rather significantly time consuming- I hope future victims filing complaints can chime in and provide an educated, yet factual response?

I understand it's because they keep using different numbers.

I have complained to the FTC for almost 6 months now and the 3109252558779 number. I spoke with Mary today, she said you called me I said yes I called you to tell you not to keep calling me I don't want your business, and hung up who can stop these calls short of hiring an attorney.

Does anyone know of an attorney who would file a class action lawsuit against the FTC for gross malicious negligence?

Make a simple law that all carriers that complete an incomplete number call ie(111111111) and so forth have to refund the service charge for that month and also have an unlimited block harassing number list at the service website. then all these scams and harassing calls will stop.

Been getting alot of scam phone calls on my cellphone thanks to the telemarketing crap!!!!

There should be a law that prevents from telemarketers too get ahold on our phone numbers!!!!

am very frustrated with this unknown foreign number (+827662638) it is of 9 digits. It just give miss call and if I answer it it disconnect it after exactly 5 sec. I always receive calls at mid night around 11 or 12 . plz help me.

The best thing to do is file a complaint at and ignore any additional calls you get. You also can look into call blocking solutions. Your phone carrier might be able to block the number, but first ask if there is a fee for blocking. Our article, Phone Scams, and blog post, Reducing Robocalls: Practical Tips & Tricks, have additional info that might be helpful.

I get 10 - 20 scam and telemarketer calls a day on my personal cell phone. It is on the do not call list and has been since I activated it. When has a telemarketer ever been fined or arrested? ...that would be never. What a worthless taxpayer funded organization.

As others have said, all the consumer articles tell people to register with the Do Not Call Registry. What a crock! Sorry, but the FTC has no money to enforce their rules and vendors of every type continue to call. I have two lines, regular land and a fax. I get from 8 to 12 calls a day on these lines, mostly robo calls, from vendors who couldn't care less about the law. My calls come from "Unavailable," from practically every city in the U.S., from 800 numbers--and all of them are scams. And that does not include the "legal" calls from charities and political parties. Just try calling one of the numbers back. Impossible. At present, I cannot use NoMoRobo on my phones.

I answer all calls. If a telemarketer I let them talk as long as they want. I can BS them for as long as they want to play my scam. My record to date 17 minutes. When they ask for something specific my response “I do not do any business over the phone. You can contact my Accountant or my Attorney for additional details or information. They will be happy to respond and advise me.” I offer factious names and my PO Box number. If they want their phone numbers I say they also do not do any business over the phone just send them correspondence and they will be happy to respond. To date no correspondence has ever been received and we rarely get any calls now. I understand this type of reply removes your number from their list

I answer all calls. If a telemarketer I let them talk as long as they want. I can BS them for as long as they want to play my scam. My record to date 17 minutes. When they ask for something specific my response “I do not do any business over the phone. You can contact my Accountant or my Attorney for additional details or information. They will be happy to respond and advise me.” I offer factious names and my PO Box number. If they want their phone numbers I say they also do not do any business over the phone just send them correspondence and they will be happy to respond. To date no correspondence has ever been received and we rarely get any calls now. I understand this type of reply removes your number from their list

I envy you. You must have a lot of free time on your hands.

I work at a telemarketing center and you "only" remove people off list of they line up serious curse words. Telling you nicely please don't call me again or remove me just goes into "not interested at the moment" and will be circulated around the room again and again.

I hope you are calling as a volunteer for an organization that is allowed to make calls and not being paid to harass people. Ive made calls for politicians and when people ask us to not call we can give them a valid reason, (they are registered voters). It's the unknown, private and 800 numbers that are the problems. Thanks for the advice tho!

The DNC registry should be shot and put out of its misery. It only applies to legit telemarketers who are most likely to remove you from their list when you ask them to. The vast majority of these callers are spoofing their numbers and/or pretending to be the IRS threatening me, Microsoft wanting to "fix" my computer, or someone telling me I've won a cruise to the Bahamas.All the rest are hang-up robocalls with spoofed caller IDs.
As usual, this is yet another example of your tax dollars hard at work.

Agree. This is incompetence beyond the pale even for the US government

I get a call from some one saying they are asking for donation and they are from some police organization. When I go to to place a complaint, I am greeted with a message saying that I cannot file a complaint with that number because that number is not registered. What does that mean? Then what is the use of the "DoNotCall" site anyway if a complaint cannot be filed about a legitimate phone number?

You can reach the FTC Do Not Call registry at
Before you make a complaint about an unwanted voice call, you need to add your phone number to the Do Not Call Registry. You may file a complaint if you get an unwanted call after your number was on the National Registry for 31 days.
You may also file a complaint if you got a call that used a recorded message instead of a live person (whether or not your number was on the Registry).
Even if your number is registered, some organizations may still call you: charities, political organizations, and telephone surveyors. For a list of who may call, go to Consumer FAQs.

Why can't the govt. do a sting operation on these people & trace them that way. It can't be that hard. Years of the same annoying people calling , spoof #'s , Common

I have been on the "DONOTCALL" list since 2006. I have had my current phone number since 2009. How is this possible? Currently I am getting between 10 and 20 unidentified calls per day where the caller i.d. only displays a city name! I never answer but how can I stop this?!!!!

This service is a Joke... I'm sorry. I register it every 3 months... & continue to get solicitations on both my cell phone & home phone. Whatever you do ... Do NOT give AARP your real phone numbers. They SELL the numbers the very next day. I could 'wring' their necks give out privileged & personal information!!

I agree 100% I think the do not call list is a scam!...ever since I registered because of 1 number...I've had literally 15 calls a day from private or scam phone calls...and it only started after I registered! What is going on!? No one will even get back to me on my complaints about what's going on! I've even threatened to press charges! Its gotten soo bad it has worn out my battery

If I was a government official and had limited funds to solve this problem, I would write a script running on a PC connected to 3 IP phone lines. It would require access to carrier data and for traceable calls it would first respond with a robocall telling the telemarketer to cease. When they didn't cease, it would incessantly and perpetually flood the telemarketer's call center or primary corporate line with calls repeating that, "this call is in response to an illegal violation of the Do Not Call list, the fine is on average $1,000 per incident, and all illegal calls have been logged".

Telemarketers call my home and personal cell phones from 1 call per day to as many as 30 a day telemarketing 14 calls from 3 different Company's from 5:59 PM to 8:45 PM. One company called 8 times in 13 minutes tying up the line with just dead air On my personal cell phone. I have a relative on dialyses so it is imperative I answer as he could need help at any time. I filed suit against a company for violations of the NO-CALL-LIST and the Court ruled that because I have a land line the personal cell phone registered on the NO-CALL-LIST since 2005 is not allowed because of my land line. I've spent 3 and a half years filing complaints to the State attorney general the FCC FTC and contacting Representative who is on the modernization of the TCPA committee who could be better to do something for us CONSUMERS but just like everyone else, I'm on my own. And the FCC and FTC websites all say personal cell phones, mobile phones , wireless phones are covered. I don't use my personal cell phone as a business phone nor put it in any advertisements ever, it is my personal cell, mobile wireless phone what ever you want to call it I use at my residence 98% of the time. To find out that as a matter of law because I have a land line the NO-CALL-LIST does not apply. Seems like the FCC ad FTC should give you the facts about the NO-CALL-LIST for Cell phones that are true. A phone call to people interrupting work sleeping dinner movies time with family or friends is not what they government is willing to enforce. The national debt could be payed off if the NO-CALL-LIST was enforced. But to eforce the laws passed by congress is not going to happen, looks like, as you well know.

The do not call registry is a joke. Its time we told our politicians that want to be re-elected to do something are you will find yourself on the unemployment line. Now if you answer and say you arent interested they swear at you.

Correct, Sharon. does not work. I can block up to 50 numbers on my phone service. My answering recording says, "Solicitors, hang up. If you're someone I know, leave a message." That has helped alot.

THIS SERVICE IS A JOKE! I would like to know how much of our tax dollars has been spent on this government bureaucratic BS! It is an absolute joke.

Most of these calls originate come through VIOP service providers - if you don't like that they will allow this scum to use their network, look up the VIOP companies business number and start calling them and hanging up after one ring, or better yet annoy the CEOs secretary by making them answer and then hanging up. It is only fair to waste their time and money

Do you want to know how their getting your number? Its very simple!! Do you have a cell phone with lots of downloaded apps? Well, look at the permissions the designers of the apps require for you to download their apps. Some of the requirements are full access to your emails, contacts, picture, the ability to change settings for most of your applications and access to just about everything else on your phone. These apps provide the ability for the apps designers to spy on you at any time they choose, they have the ability to copy your contacts, email, bank info - literately everything on your phone and sell it to telemarketers thus you and everyone on your contact list is at risk. I have turned off all the permissions of the apps that i don't use on my phone. BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD ANY APP CHECK THE PERMISSIONS REQUIRED, YOU WILL BE SURPRISED! Good luck

After registering our # with the do not call list, Ive been recieveing a lot more calls from telemarketers... Im wondering if they acutally share our information

The problem lies with VOIP operators who dole out telephone numbers without verifying the credentials or legitimacy. If laws were to be enacted and enforced to treat US-based telephone numbers similar to real-estate and ownership requires proof of residency, valid address, financial information., etc., overseas AND domestic scamsters can be stopped. Time to call up your congressperson.

The Do Not Call List is a BIG JOKE! The Government needs to put pressure on the telecommunications industry to block these continuous VOIP fake Phone Number telemarketers!

One of the problems is that telemarketing scammers are spoofing real numbers of people who do not realize their number is being spoofed. You can't turn off those numbers. The FCC needs to crack down on this technology.

wow read all these comments I put my number on the do not call list two days later my phone was ring off the hook calls from out of the country also I just don't answer any calls I don't know if u arnt in my phone book u don't get answered simple

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