As of Tuesday, the national Do Not Call Registry is in full effect but the calls aren't going to stop.
1. Political organizations, charities and telephone poll takers are exempt.
2. If you create a business relationship with a company (place an order) they can call for up to 18 months.
3. If you ask a company for information, they can call for up to three months.
4. Some sweepstakes, rebates and give-aways now require you to sign away your do-not-call rights to enter.
What to do:
A. Don't go for any offers with waivers (check the fine print).
B. Don't give out your phone number unless you can be put on the company's DNC list.
C. When telemarketers call ask them to put you on their internal do-not-call list - even the exempt entities are required to honor your request.
If they do call again anyhow:
* Get the name of the company and/or the caller's phone number.Telemarketers are aware that they can be fined up to $11,000 for each call that violates the new DNC rules so you may have to play along with the caller until you get the information.
* Call the FTC at (888) 382-1222 or go to http://donotcall.gov.
* Provide the calling company's name or the number you were called from.
The FTC appears to be serious about enforcement so it's worth the effort.