To stop unwanted telephone marketing phone calls, register the phone number to the national Do-Not-Call list, according to the FCC. Registering a phone number to this list can be done over the phone or online.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act is a law enforced by the FCC that pertains specifically to unsolicited sales calls, explains the FCC. This law includes calls that are automated and pre-recorded. The Do-Not-Call initiative was enacted to ensure personal privacy and is in association with the Federal Trade Commission.
Placing a phone number on the Do-Not-Call lists restricts unwanted callers from making calls to the registered number, according to the FCC. This service costs nothing and is not terminated unless an individual personally takes measures to remove it. In addition to this, many states have their own versions of do-not-call lists to which people can register phone numbers as a means of stopping unwanted calls.
If a Do-Not-Call registration is violated, the best thing to do is report it to the FCC. After a legitimate complaint is filed, the FCC can issue a citation warning and impose a fine on a violator of the terms, but an individual does not receive any award for damages, according to the FCC.