The do not call cell list is a way to stop telemarketers from calling your cell phone, or any other phone lines you have.
[ UPDATE (Jan 2009) The Do not call list can actually make it worse! Read CBC article here http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/01/23/donotcall.html ]
You can reduce your number of telemarketing calls by registering to the National Do ot Call List (DNCL.) It’s free to register, and you can sign up your :
- fax or
- VoIP telephone number
You can also file a complaint about telemarketing calls.
Canada’s Do Not Call List can be found here.
Being on the list will not stop all the telemarketing calls. You will still be getting fromCanadian registered charities, political parties, and candidates that are still allowed to call for donations. However you can ask the telemarketer to put you on their internal do not call list – which every Canadian telemarketer is required to maintain.
You may still be getting calls from organizations conducting market research, surveys, or public opinion polls. These are also exempt and do not have to have an internal Do Not Call List. becuase they aren’t asking you to buy anything.
If you like getting calls from certain telemarketers, you may give them consent to call you, even if you are on the National Do Not Call List.
The National Do Not Call List was created in 2006 when the Federal government passed a law to enable Canadian consumers to reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls they receive.
Please note there is a viral email that goes around saying you have to register by a certain date or you will get an onslaught of telephone calls. This is not true – and is a hoax. Learn more about it the Do Not Call Cell List hoax here, and also always check Snopes.com before passing any email forward. There’s a lot of baloney going around.
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