How to Report Telephone Solicitors

By Sandi Kelly Showalter

In June 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened registration for the National Do Not Call Registry. By registering your personal phone numbers on the list, after 31 days you should reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing calls. According to the FTC, "Placing your number on the registry will stop most, but not all, telemarketing calls." Registration is free, and you can report telephone solicitors that continue to call you. Violators can face up to a $16,000 fine per call if found guilty.

Go to the National Do Not Call Registry website.

Click on "File a Complaint."

Read the information to ensure that you have a legitimate complaint. You must have registered your phone number more than 31 days previously. Also, not all telemarketers are forbidden to call you after your register. Exempt organizations include charities, political organizations, telephone surveyors, debt collectors and companies you have had a relationship with in the past 18 months.

Click "Continue."

Enter your area code and telephone number that is registered with the Do Not Call Registry.

Enter the date and time of the call.

Click "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Was the call a recorded message?" Click "Continue."

Fill in as much information as you can about the call such as the phone number, name of the company, whether you had a relationship with the company in the past 18 months and if you have asked the company to stop calling you. Enter your name, address and any comments you wish to include.

Click "Submit." This will take you to a page verifying the submission.

About the Author

Sandi Kelly Showalter became a professional freelance writer in 2008, in addition to her role as an entrepreneur. Her articles have appeared for Future Business Leaders of America and in such places as "Pipeline" and the websites EyeOnSoaps and BetterRVing. Showalter received her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of South Florida.