The fine print may include your permission to receive telemarketing calls from affiliated companies.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million people in the U. That doesn't even include the thousands of automated robocallers and scammers out there who might drop you a line as well.
With each one making dozens or hundreds of calls a day, it's no wonder your phone is ringing off the hook.
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. While the Do Not Call registry can cut down your calls substantially, there are exceptions that still let calls through.
The FTC says that unsolicited telemarketing calls or robocalls to cellphones are illegal anyway.
It's still a good idea to sign up, though, in case the rules ever change.If you get an unsolicited marketing call on your cellphone, first ask the caller how they got your number and then firmly tell them you don't want to be contacted again.If they call back, file a complaint with the FTC at or 1-888-382-1222.Sometimes on a call from a survey company, the caller will ask if they can make a follow-up call.If you agree, then a for-profit company associated with the survey company can call you with a sales pitch.Again, you'll need to provide information about the date and time of the call, the caller's number and so forth so the FTC can track them down.