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What ‘Do Not Call’ Really Means

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feldman_amy Amy Feldman
Amy E. Feldman is a business commentator and legal business...
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By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - If I believed that either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama was actually calling me, I’d take their calls. But how do I make all those annoying robocalls from their campaigns stop?

If you signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, you might have believed – reasonably – that you wouldn’t get unsolicited calls. Ha.

The Registry is a database administered by the Federal Trade Commission that is a list of phone numbers that most telemarketers are forbidden from calling. If you’re not already on the list, you can sign up by registering your number at DoNotCall.gov. You can register both your land line and also your cell phone number. But while signing up will stop most telemarketing calls, it won’t stop them all.

You may still get calls from political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors, and you can still get calls from companies with which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls.

So, while the Do Not Call registry won’t stop those political robocalls, the good news is that time will. The day after the election, your phone should get much quieter.

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