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.
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Blog Topic: Be Smart Online


I am constantly getting spam about free credit reports. The govt. ought to pass a law forbidding marketing that resembles FTC or other govt. services.

There ought to be a way for your PC to recognize sites with invalid monikers, especially FTC & ON GUARD ON LINE, and pc security monikers, just as our paper money has was to recognize fake bills.

Unfortunately, spammers/scammers don't care about the do no call list. They buy phone numbers from entities who have your number. A lot of them are out of the country, and they are not going to bother with the do not call list. It is a pain.

My cell is constantly being hacked by the same entity(?)

We keep getting spanish robo calls. from area code 305.

what's to stop a spammer from buying and using the Do Not Call List?

Because it is a Federal Database that is not for sale. It is a big fine for businesses to call you if you are on the list. I registered years ago and it appears to have worked. I only get the allowed calls from surveys, political and charities. Just don't give approval for a follow-up call from a survey or charity-that's where you run into trouble.

Get the CALLER I.D. For you phone. We have it on our (home phone) and it is great because we can see from where the call comes. I do not know how this would work on a cell phone. Maybe there is an app. for that now.

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