Do Not Call Registry may not stop all telemarketers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Even if you’re registered to not receive calls from telemarketers, you still may be getting unwanted calls – though solutions are out there to get rid of them once and for all.

The National Do Not Call Registry is good – but sometimes it doesn’t go far enough. Call 12 for Action found an inexpensive device that may be your answer for unwanted and annoying calls from telemarketers.

Many don’t realize the registry only applies to calls coming from outside of your state, so local telemarketers in some states may not be breaking the law. So while the registry is a great tool to stop telemarketers, there’s also a growing number of products intended to block out all the others.

Anonymous call rejection is free. Just dial *77 from your landline to block calls from blocked numbers.

For $40, Sentry offers a call blocker that will answer your phone and only lets callers through if they press 1 – something a robocaller can’t do.

There are also several apps available to stop unwanted calls to your cell phone. Privacy Star screens calls and rates them red, yellow or green based on the calling activity and complaint history of the number.

There’s also Nomo-Robo, the winner of the Federal Trade Commission’s Robocall Challenge. The free service screens out illegal robocallers and telemarketers, however it only works if you get your phone service through your cable provider.

Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the Do Not Call Registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint.

Click here to sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry.

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