How to Stop Recorded Phone Solicitations

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Receiving unwanted phone solicitations, especially recorded ones, can be frustrating. In order to help consumers put a stop to telemarketing calls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) designed an easy to use Do Not Call List. You can add your home or cell phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry by using the FTC's website. Within 31 days, most telemarketers must stop calling the numbers you have registered. Exceptions are charities, companies you do business with and political organizations.

Visit the National Do Not Call Registry website by using the link in the resources section. Click on the "Register Now" button.

Type the area code and phone number you wish to register in to the designated fields. You may enter up to three different phone numbers.

Enter your email address in the designated field, then re-enter it in the "Confirm" field. Press "Submit." Verify the information on the next page for accuracy, then click "Register."

Go to your email and open the confirmation message from "" Click the embedded link to complete registration.


  • Recorded solicitations from charities and political organizations are not part of the FTC's Do Not Call registry.
  • Use the "File A Complaint" link in the Resources section if you have been on the list for more than 31 days and continue to receive unwanted solicitations.



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Amy McClain has worked as both a feature writer and a copy editor for a prestigious daily newspaper. She also enjoys writing as a hobby and takes creative writing courses in her free time. She has worked in sales and marketing for a wireless company for over seven years.

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