Limiting Unwanted Calls & Emails

Some phone calls and emails are important, some can be annoying, and others are just plain illegal. Learn how to reduce the number of unwanted messages you get by phone and online.

Phone Scams

These tips can help you hang up on a phone scammer and hold onto your money.

Text Message Spam

Text message spam is to your cell phone what email spam is to your personal computer.

Cell Phones and The Do Not Call Registry

How to put your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Privacy Choices for Your Personal Financial Information

Federal law gives you the right to stop some sharing of your personal financial information.


Telemarketing sales calls with recorded messages are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.

Stopping Unwanted Sales Calls

Putting a number on the National Do Not Call registry will result in fewer telemarketing calls to that number. Here’s how to do it.


Here’s how you can reduce unwanted commercial emails.

The “Nigerian” Email Scam

Strangers who offer “big rewards” to help them move money out of a foreign country are lying.

Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

Here’s how to limit the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you get.

National Do Not Call Registry

Detailed answers to frequently asked questions about the National Do Not Call Registry.

The Telemarketing Sales Rule

Learn about your rights when it comes to telemarketing calls, including those that are pre-recorded.