So, does the Do Not Call Registry work?The Do Not Call List can seem largely ineffective these days, and here’s why.
The Do Not Call Registry only applies to sales callsDon’t expect the Do Not Call Registry to stop all unwanted calls to your phone. Signing up only prevents sales calls. You can still receive calls from political candidates, charities, surveys, and debt collectors.
Not all sales calls fall under Do Not Call Registry protectionsYou might receive some sales calls after signing up for the Registry. That’s because companies can call you if you’ve recently done business with them or if you’ve given them written permission to call you.
If you do ask these companies to stop calling you, though, they are no longer allowed to ring you up.
Many companies defy the Do Not Call Registry rulesScammers don’t care if they are violating the Do Not Call Registry. Laws, remember, mean little to scam artists. With the advent of robocalling, these scammers can call thousands of customers for little money. The potential payoff is often too much of a lure for scammers who don’t mind breaking the law.
Scammers continue to evolve their tactics for misleading victimsNeighborhood spoofing makes it easier for scammers to trick consumers into answering their robocalls. This, then, has encouraged these spammers to more aggressively flood consumers’ numbers with their unwanted sales pitches.
The lure of reaching so many people so effortlessly, and tricking many of these people into answering their phones, outweighs the threat of fines for violating the Do Not Call Registry.