The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. employed as telemarketers. With each one making dozens or hundreds of calls a day, it's no wonder your phone is ringing off the hook. That doesn't even include the thousands of automated robocallers and scammers out there who might drop you a line as well.
Telemarketing has been an annoyance for decades, which is why it's so surprising that the National Do Not Call Registry didn't come into being until 2004. In theory, adding your number to this registry should stop telemarketers from calling you. However, that isn't always the case.
While the Do Not Call registry can cut down your calls substantially, there are exceptions that still let calls through. We'll talk about what those are and what you can do about them.
You also might occasionally hear myths about the Do Not Call Registry about what is and isn't blocked, whether or not cellphones are allowed, rumors that the FTC is about to release your number unless you act right away, and others. We're going to clear up those myths so you know what's going on, and don't accidentally spread information that isn't true.