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Do Not Call List

Posted Saturday, June 14, 2008, at 2:56 PM

What happened to the Do Not Call List?

For a long time after signing up for the Do Not Call List I received no unsolicited calls.

I'm now receiving 10-12 per week at least.

Is this happening to everyone or am I the only person with this problem.

It started with recorded political messages at all levels. This was followed by those claiming "I'm not trying to sell you anything, just doing a survey" and now it has reached the point of those vacation scams and other ridiculous calls.


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No, Bo you are not alone! I am experiencing the same "unwanted" ! I wish I had the answer for both of us. Just get "caller ID" and don't answer the phone -- is what I do -- if it is not a number I recognize.

-- Posted by countrygal2008 on Sat, Jun 14, 2008, at 3:17 PM

You have to do it every year.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sat, Jun 14, 2008, at 4:38 PM

I think the registration for the list expired...

They passed a new piece of legislation which will prevent your number from expiring from the registry. I provided the link to sign up...


-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Jun 14, 2008, at 5:36 PM

I've gone from having dozens a day (despite the Do Not Call list) to having few or none.

(I'd wondered if my phone was in working order.)

One of the other members of my household must have entered us on the upgraded registry.

It feels odd to answer the phone and find a loved one on the other end.

For so long,I was subjected to computerized sales pitches or boiler room minions trying to give me lower rates on the cards I don't have,extended warranties on a car I hadn't had since '86 or a great deal on vinyl siding.

(The siding offer was very tempting while I was living in brick dormitories and apartments.)

I'd think the "junk" calls that won't disconnect would be as dangerous as they are annoying if they kept important incoming calls from getting through,prevented computer use,or made it impossible to contact emergency services.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 12:10 AM

I think that it does expire because we were having the same problem so we reregistered again and it has helped some, but there are those calls that just do get through no matter what. Caller ID does help and I would not be without it. If it is a number or a person's name that you do not know, you just don't answer. Also if you are in the middle of dinner and get a call, you can return it later.

-- Posted by cookie on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 10:28 AM

I am on that do not call list also...But I keep getting them..There is one that calls at least 2 times a day and as late as 9:30 at nite...It is about the warrenty on our car about to run out...So many times I have stayed on the line to talk to a PERSON and they tell me what to do to get off the calling list and I do and they still call...I have told them if they saw our 1978 ford truck that they would have known the warrenty had run out many many moons ago...Then they call about our credit cards...and we do not have a credit card....

-- Posted by rebelrose on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 11:16 AM


You know there is a link on the site provided above by darrick that you can file a complaint against a company who calls you when you are in fact on the Do Not Call list. They are fined for calling you.

If everyone who gets these calls would file complaints these people who call would finally pay some attention to the Do Not Call list.

There is also a link there to check and see if your number is still on the list.

I really hate it when one calls me and I ask them were they got my number and they tell me they bought a list from my local phone company. My number is unlisted and I pay to have this service then they SELL my number to junk callers? Something just don't seem right about that to me.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 12:31 PM

God, I love Vonage. I've never had a problem with them and I've not received one single telemarketer call since we got hooked up a year and a half ago. Unfortunately if you don't (or can't) have broadband access, you can't get Vonage.

-- Posted by Thom on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 12:42 PM

I have Charter now but AT&T (former Bellsouth) did the same thing :>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Jun 15, 2008, at 1:21 PM

Thanks for the link, Darrick. I didn't know that it was a renewal type thing either. I wondered why the calls had started back also.

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 7:09 AM


It might be worth your time to check your credit and make sure someone else hasn't gotten a credit card in your name. Identity theft is a huge problem today. You can go to this government website and get a free report from all three of the major consumer reporting agencies (Equifax,Experian, and TransUnion).


This is a government website and is totally free. Beware of the freecreditreport.com and other websites that claim to be free, but there are strings attached. Use the site I have listed above.

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 7:20 AM

Now they can call your cell phone too!

-- Posted by redcat00 on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 6:46 PM

You can post your cell numbers to the Do Not Call list now also.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Jun 18, 2008, at 7:28 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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