Telemarketers could once again interrupt your day, even if you've signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, but there is an easy way to make sure it doesn't happen to you.
Millions of people have signed up for the registry, and folks we spoke with say it really cut down on telemarketer calls. What they didn't know is their number only stays on that list for five years. That means, if you don't re-register, your number is free game to telemarketers once again.
"I wish they would quit calling me," one area resident said.
"They call at the most annoying times," another added.
For many, the National Do Not Call Registry cut down on those unwanted calls, and most folks thought it would last forever, but they're wrong.
The registry started in 2003 and has a five year expiration date, meaning that your number only stays on the list for five years after registering. That comes as a surprise to some.
"I would be surprised," one resident said.
To keep unwanted callers off the line, people must re-register their number.
It will show up on the registry within 24 hours, but telemarketers have up to 31 days to remove it from their lists. So, if you don't want to be bothered, re-register at least a month in advance.
That's exactly what folks we spoke with plan to do.
"Yes, yes," one resident said.
Re-registering is just like signing up your number the first time, and if you've received e-mails telling you to register your cell phone, the Federal Trade Commission says you can, but it's not necessary.
Federal Communication Commission regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling on your cell.
We do want to remind folks that charitable, political, and survey workers are exempt from the "do not call" rules, so you could still receive some unsolicited calls.
Click here to register your number online, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.