VIDEO: FTC National Do Not Call Registry Data Book Gives Overview of Complaints
By Federal Trade Commission // December 26, 2017
7.1 million complaints to the FTC about robocalls
ABOVE VIDEO: Some consumers who have registered their numbers on the federal Do Not Call list report they are getting as many as 10 unwanted calls a day. It is more than a distraction when the phone rings multiple times a day.
(FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONER) — Is your number one of the more than 229 million phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry? Then you might be interested in the FTC’s just-released National Do Not Call Registry Data Book, which gives an overview of the Registry and complaints the FTC received at donotcall.gov from November 2016 through October 2017.
Some of the highlights: Last year there were 7.1 million complaints to the FTC at donotcall.gov, and the majority of people reported getting robocalls.
The most reported topics were calls about debt reduction, vacation and timeshares, and warranty plans. Each state has its own breakdown so you can check out what is going on where you live, too.
The Do Not Call Data Book also shows that many of the calls reported at donotcall.gov are robocalls.
Just keep in mind that pre-recorded sales calls are illegal whether you’re on the Registry or not unless a company has your written permission to call you that way.
You can learn more about the Do Not Call Registry in our FAQs.
ABOVE VIDEO: An illegal robocall could be a scam. Learn what the FTC is doing to stop illegal robocalls, what to do if you get one, and how to block the number.
Are you already on the Registry and still getting a lot of unwanted calls? Odds are, many of those calls are from scammers. Check out our article on blocking unwanted calls to learn more about what you can do — including reporting them at ftc.gov/complaint.
When you report illegal calls, we take the phone numbers you complain about and release them each business day.
This helps telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are working on call blocking solutions. Your complaints also help law enforcement identify the people behind illegal calls.
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