US Do-Not-Call Registry Expiring

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    Oct 12, 2007 8:26 PM GMT
    My congressman just sent me this reminder:

    The National Do-Not-Call Registry, created by Congress over five years ago to prevent telemarketers from calling people who do not want to be called, has been a popular program. Today, 140 million numbers (over four million in the Commonwealth) are on the registry and 92 percent of consumers who signed up say they receive fewer calls.

    For people who signed up for the Do-Not-Call registry in 2003, you are nearing the registry's five-year time limit -- after which your number can again be used by solicitors. This five year limit was included in the legislation authorizing the Do-Not-Call registry at the urging of the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that outdated phone numbers could be removed from the list.

    Fortunately, you can re-register your number at any time, ensuring an additional five years of protection from telemarketers. Up to three personal numbers per person can be registered at any one time.

    To re-register a current number or register a new number you have two easy-to-use options: 1) Call the National Do-Not-Call Registry at 1-888-382-1222 and follow the automated directions or 2) Go online to and click on "Register a phone number." *Note, if you register online, be prepared to provide an email address through which you will receive an email that must be responded to within 72 hours.

    Also, please be aware that hoax emails are circulating stating that your phone number is going to be removed from the Do-Not-Call list within a matter of days and that you will be charged for future calls received from telemarketers. The Federal Trade Commission has stated that these emails are false and that no phone numbers can be removed from the Do-Not-Call list until the five year time limit is reached June 2008.

    I hope you find this information helpful.
  • auryn

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    Oct 13, 2007 1:13 AM GMT
    Here's a couple of the articles I've found. and

    Registering your numbers again, after the 5 year period, seems like what people sign up for unless or until the list becomes permanent.
  • Alan95823

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    Oct 13, 2007 1:17 AM GMT
    I think some telemarketers have jumped the gun and started calling already. I re-registered, and a week later all of the 866, 877 and 800# phone calls came to a halt.
  • art_smass

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    Oct 13, 2007 2:44 PM GMT
    Canada is supposed to be getting its own version of the registry soon. I CAN'T WAIT! I once got a concussion running to answer the phone, only to discover a telemarketer on the other end of the line.
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    Oct 13, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    If any telemarketer calls me now (only 1 or 2 have done), I remind them that it is an $11,000 fine for that one call, if I turn them in.
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    Oct 14, 2007 12:20 AM GMT
    I had the same experience as Alan. I re-registered all our numbers, and the calls have stopped.