According to the FTC’s consumer information about the “National Do Not Call Registry,” you can add your phone number to the nation’s no call list for free by visiting their Do Not Call site. “Most legitimate companies don’t call if your number is on the Registry. If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam. If you get these calls, hang up and file a complaint with the FTC.”
Also, “If I register my number, will ALL unwanted calls stop? No, the Do Not Call Registry prohibits sales calls. You still may receive political calls, charitable calls, debt collection calls, informational calls, and telephone survey calls.
“In addition, companies may still call if you’ve recently done business with the company, or if you’ve given the company written permission to call you. However, if you ask a company not to call you again, it must honor your request. Record the date of your request.”
As you probably already know, the various political parties will be (or are) calling people on their lists, calling relative strangers, and calling, as well, people on any list they may access, to promote their various candidates. If this is of the least bit a concern to you, please read on.
While adding your number to the “Do Not Call” list is a good first start to enjoying your phone on your own terms, one more thing, one rule, needs to be put in place. Call it “Gibbs’ rule number 69″ (for you NCIS fans,) or Steve’s phone rule number 1. If a call comes in from someone or something that is not on your phone’s list of contacts, just don’t answer it. If the caller has a genuine reason for wanting to talk to you, and he suspects you might want to talk to him, he (or she, of course) will leave a message on your voicemail account. If the message is sufficiently detailed to catch your interest (your brother’s been arrested and is calling from the hoosegow, e.g.,) call back, by all means. If the message is vague or just plain annoying, well, do whatever you want (Your Examiner always totally disregards calls of this nature.)
After a while, you will find the questionable number stops calling–which should not be a problem, unless you are holding a powerball ticket and the store where you bought it has been identified as having sold the winning ticket. In this case, all incoming calls should probably be handled somewhat differently. (Probably!)
Here’s hoping you have this problem one day soon, and thank you for your attention to this article. For other articles by this Examiner, go to his list of articles at this link. And, as always, thanks for visiting byteclay.com.