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If you’re on the Do Not Call Registry, companies shouldn’t call you out of the blue to try and sell you something. In fact, it’s usually illegal.

The FTC continues to take action against companies and telemarketers that ignore the Registry. The latest example: today the FTC announced a complaint against Alliance Security, a home security system installation company, Alliance’s owner, Jasjit Gotra, and two of Alliance’s telemarketing firms, along with their owners. These two telemarketing firms — Defend America and Power Marketing Promotions — and their owners have agreed to settle the FTC’s charges.

Like with many illegal telemarketing operations, each call typically started with a prerecorded message asking people to press 1 or follow prompts. Anyone who did was then connected to a live telemarketer.

Even after receiving many complaints, the FTC says, the companies continued to call people whose numbers were on the Do Not Call Registry. Some people went as far as scheduling installation appointments just to tell Alliance in person to stop calling, the FTC alleges. Alliance Security and Gotra previously settled charges with the FTC in 2014 while doing business as Versatile Marketing Solutions.

You can learn more about the Do Not Call Registry in our FAQs. If a company doesn’t respect the Registry, report it. To add your number to the Do Not Call Registry, go to or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.

What if you’re on the Registry and still getting bombarded by unwanted calls? Odds are, many of them are from scammers — and they don’t care about the Registry. Find out more about your options when it comes to blocking unwanted calls— and report the ones you get at We take the phone numbers you report and release them each business day to help telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are working on call blocking solutions. Your complaints also help law enforcement identify the people behind illegal calls. For tips on blocking unwanted calls, go to, where you'll find graphics you can share with your friends and followers.

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March 23, 2018
Why aren't they going after The company s trying to lower my interest rates on my credit cards and the ones trying to help me with my student loans( that i don't have) and the places I stayed when I was on vacation ( which i have not) They call me 3 or 4 times a day and I am on do not call list.
June 25, 2018

In reply to by cvm

I get multiple robocalls from cardholder services multiple times each day and have received these since the day I signed up for the do-not-call list. Side note I have not had a credit card for more than 10 years. It is my belief that either the FTC is behind these robocalls or that they sold my number the moment that I signed up. I would like to know if the FTC is actually ever find a single person or company... They talk about record fines and such but have they actually ever had any action against companies making billions and billions of robocalls. I doubt it!
September 17, 2018

In reply to by Jeff

I have to agree with you. I got maybe 1 call every so often.. the I registered with the Do Not Call list and now I get them all the time. And today for some reason I have gotten 48 calls a 5 texts all about health insurance since 8:28 this morning and its 2:29 now. What the heck!
October 09, 2018

In reply to by Databris

very same calls to my phone and its still going on more than two weeks. Only, they say they got a notice I wanted their US health insurance and they were returning my inquiry.
November 06, 2018

In reply to by Jeff

My neighbor got a 42 dollar check as part of a class action suit against marketers violating the do not call list.
November 11, 2018

In reply to by Courious

I did too. That class action suit was filed years ago.
May 17, 2019

In reply to by Insearchof

So how do you go about getting paid for reporting call violations?
Stop Telemarketers
July 11, 2018

In reply to by cvm

I finally got the telemarketers to stop calling me by making a new greeting on my answering machine that has a long pause after I say "Hello". What you have to do is say, “Hello” and then wait 2 seconds. Then I say “I am sorry but we are unable to come to the phone right now, so after the tone would you please leave a message ". The "Hello" with the long pause will cause their computers to think there is a live person on the phone and then it connects you to a real person - A phone solicitor. Then after they hang up on you by pressing "Release" on their phones 2 or 3 times, their computer system will automatically take your number off of their auto dial list. " Hello " ------ I am sorry but we are unable to come to the phone right now , so after the tone would you please leave a message ".
September 08, 2018

In reply to by cvm

Those lower your interest rates calls are more than likely from a call center out to the country. Our government can not reach that far, but I have read articles where with the help of the government when they are operating they have shut down several large call centers. I know its hard and a time consuming but every time you turn on in for calling it will add up and eventually they will be able to locate the location and work with that government
May 03, 2019

In reply to by TempeMom

How do I report calls that I get.I am on the do not call list. I get calls from Insurance co. I get calls that wont answer when I answer the phone.
Hatchet Momma
December 19, 2018

In reply to by cvm

Amen! These are the top 2 I get!! They call daily. I block the number & they call from another one. They Seriously call Everyday & YES I’m on the Do Not Call List.
April 06, 2019

In reply to by Hatchet Momma

I received a call from someone called Ben trying to sell solar then after so many calls from Ben I told him where to go if you get my meaning anyway I don’t think he likes me now because I got a barrage of returned calls from people returning my call problem is I never called them in the first place.i know Ben is behind this interruption to my life ( I was receiving returned calls at one every minute all day)Ben must have access to some serious tech by using my number to call people all over Australia sadly I think he needs medication if you get my meaning.
FTC & Do not c…
June 04, 2019

In reply to by pye

Try blowing a whislte in Bens face along with his cronies. Cant make calls when you cant hear. Started doing this last week and magically the calls dropped in half. I will even wait past the robo call to get an actual person. Maybe if we all start this it "might" help :)
June 08, 2021

In reply to by FTC & Do not c…

I will do the same, but I don’t have a whistle. My kids are always make fun of me, but I am so sick of the repeated calls. I also am on the do not call list.
Nick Burns
January 16, 2019

In reply to by cvm

Because they cannot catch those responsible, since they are cloaking/spoofing their phone numbers. Makes me wonder if the DNCR should be shut down since it's ineffective and a waste of our tax dollars. I'd rather pay for a private company to use technology to stop these calls.
March 02, 2020

In reply to by cvm

i entered in those we will lower your credit card ..they took 800.00 $$ out of it i waited for a while & look like they did nothing but took my money so i reported it ^& to the credit card & got my money back no more doing that
March 23, 2018
This is great that they are getting caught. I'm so tired of getting these robo calls. It is a constant every day about 3 or 4 of them; but, I'm very well onto those scammers. I do not give out info and don't say YES to anything. I always ask questions, then I tell them "this is a SCAM" & I hang up.
Debbie N
March 23, 2018
I've been called many times from people for car warranted,life insurance,education grants,home improvements, and government grants. Plus many others. Such as computer repairs.
September 18, 2018

In reply to by Debbie N

I've been getting calls from a car warranty company as well, they call from different numbers all the time. I've told them I no longer own the car and to stop calling, but they just continue
July 02, 2019

In reply to by Alterjigsaw

I have the same issue, but when I tried to report a bunch of the phone numbers for those trying to tell me I can get a new manufacturer warranty on a new vehicle, I was told that they couldn't be added, because humans were on the other end, not robots. Bogus, if you ask me. So frustrating, and I'm tired of having to block 10+ numbers a day.
March 23, 2018

For my part/situation, "Do Not Call" is a totally worthless program, requiring participation with negative benefits. I'm receiving multiple calls from the same number on a daily basis, even after notifying the caller to withdraw my number using that caller's instructions on how to delete. Callers are using loopholes in the language to proceed as ever,- regardless of any attempted regulation. My recommendations are: a) cease to worry about arousing assorted corporate ire over your regulations; b) decide what specifically you intend to regulate/control; and c)create TIGHT legal language that accomplishes these intentions. Currently you could drive a fleet of semis thru your regulatory language,- but that usually results from imprecise concepts of intent!!

March 24, 2018

In reply to by sammi

Respectfully, sammi, on what do you base your assumption that the DNC List isn't working? The only way to reliably ascertain its effectiveness would be to repeal the regulation, at which time, I predict your phone would ring non-stop as you would begin getting calls from not only all the scammers and cheaters who are calling now, but also from all the legitimate businesses that are currently following the rules and leaving you alone.
July 11, 2018

In reply to by KaseyW

I am on the do not call list. I average 8 to 20 Robo calls a day. They have gotten so reason I even argue with you I had one that said you know whatever address or maybe I will call recorded life they don’t care mirror love you so either company doesn’t care. I have tried nice I have tried mean I have tried threatening to turn a man it’s doesn’t do any good matter I do believe the FCC is trying to move take care of the problem I just think that if it’s too massive hole them to get a hold up. Now that we have Wi-Fi calling I believe it’s almost untraceable. If that’s true will either stop using her phone for you having to annoyed every time yesterday call that you didn’t ask for and then No matter how you ask to get off their list they just call you anyway again and again and again. So if you actually have some special way of avoiding massive calls per day on your mobile phone I would really love to hear. Because when you’re calling from Phantom numbers on the trunk line or on Wi-Fi calls that can’t be traced allegedly, is just that just how do you expect this problem to get solved ? I mean I’d really like to hear your ideas because are used to program my husband used to program we can’t think of any way they can trace or tag with the type of phone numbers are using. Half the time they don’t tell you the company they are calling from, just what they’re calling about so unless you’re nice and Preteen that you want what they’re selling you won’t get the name of the company thought you want to do so you have to go into that and then they still end up hanging up on you you never know and Without that company name you can’t turn them in. So What are those great ideas you have for solving this problem? I’m disabled and it annoys the heck know me you have to answer all the calls that are for nothing. And they lie and said that you wrote down and put something on the web and when you nicely tell them that no you never did that and your husband never did that they call you a liar so I truly would like to know what ideas you have for solving this problem before I die and I’m turning 60 in September.
March 23, 2018
I get calls all the time. Sometimes it's a recording, and other times no one speaks.
Creative Windo…
April 28, 2018

In reply to by Rock

I must get about 10 of these stupid calls a day what I do not get is why something is not done to stop this crap it take a lot of my day to try and explain to someone I do not want there products been no call list since 2008 that's a joke they do nothing to stop these calls
July 03, 2018

In reply to by Creative Windo…

DNC only works when people report the calls. Enough reports against a company/number warrants an investigation. Unfortunately, they can't investigate every report, and for that reason, they will only look into those with numerous reports. Even more unfortunate is how time-consuming the reporting process is. I might start developing an app that streamlines the process.
July 09, 2018

In reply to by Enoctis

I now have 47 numbers blocked on my phone...from the same company. They just call from a different number.
October 17, 2018

In reply to by Enoctis

I got calls 3-4 times a day from 423-397-4542 I pick up and a female says "Hi this is Lisa can you hear me" I don't answer so they call back from 423-397-4434 and then after hanging up on that number I get a call from 423-397-4311. Several call on my cell and home number with area code 423 and numbers starting with 397 with different ending numbers. I have asked them to stop calling me. One male told me he would all day everyday if he wanted to. After a war of words with him and I said I would a police officer call him he hung up. I want these calls to stop. I am tired of these calls all day every day. Someone please help me.
Don't call me
October 17, 2018

In reply to by Enoctis

I got calls 3-4 times a day from 423-397-4542 I pick up and a female says "Hi this is Lisa can you hear me" I don't answer so they call back from 423-397-4434 and then after hanging up on that number I get a call from 423-397-4311. Several call on my cell and home number with area code 423 and numbers starting with 397 with different ending numbers. I have asked them to stop calling me. One male told me he would all day everyday if he wanted to. After a war of words with him and I said I would a police officer call him he hung up. I want these calls to stop. I am tired of these calls all day every day. Someone please help me.
December 17, 2018

In reply to by Don't call me

I got the same calls. I was pretty annoyed after answering the calls 3 time and never getting to a human that I decided to get revenge. I called the number followed the prompt and hung up over and over all while watching the news. After about 45 mins I got a call back from them. The caller asked me to stop calling them because I was tying up their lines. I asked them (for the 100th time) to take me off their calling list. This time they did. :)
March 23, 2018
If you get a lot of calls now you are going to be even madder when you have someone turning 65 in a year. They are relentless. We have always been on the do not call list and get all of the other calls but the Medicare supplement people are the worse. I keep reporting the numbers but of course they keep calling. We no longer answer our phones unless it's a known number. They won't leave word but they will try back with spoofed local numbers hoping we will answer. Once we even had them call us showing they were calling from our number they were calling.
March 24, 2018

In reply to by Gram

This same thing happened to me several times, i.e. my own telephone number showed on the caller ID, as though I was calling myself. Frighten me badly the first time. I called the phone company immediately, and the agent explained that it is called Phishing.
April 02, 2018

In reply to by Gram

I get the same thing now that going to be eligible for Medicare in a few months. Why can't they do something about this. Today April 2, 2018 before 10:00 AM had 6. The FTC needs to do something about this. If you block, they change the number. If you call back is disconnected. I'm on do not call list but doesn't help. I like you just don't answer but hearing the phone ring is giving me a headache and waking me up. I block constantly but have to delete then add more. This is insanity.
April 02, 2018

In reply to by Gram

This is definitely happening to me. I am so sick of it. Today April 2nd 6 before 10 AM. FTC obviously doesn't care. I don't answer, but they are relentless. I block, but then have to erase and block some more on a weekly basis. I'm on do not call but it doesn't matter. I have had my own number show, numbers that are not legitimate, and therefore can't block, and a couple got an earful from me. If they change numbers immediately how can FTC do anything? These tactics should be against the law, it is an invasion of privacy.
March 23, 2018
Let me give y'all a big THANK YOU! We now have reason to actually answer these calls and take names.
March 23, 2018
The telecommunications companies can be thanked for the term number spoofing. They have the technology to prevent number spoofing and refuse to use the software. The United States government has full power and authority to require the telecommunications companies to put in place measures that stop number spoofing and yet the government has not nor will they require it. The Do Not Call Registry is a complete joke. So is the FTC for that matter but when your teeth get pulled its hard to bite.
May 04, 2018

In reply to by Eric

I agree with some of what you state but I do not believe the government has the power to tell the carriers to do anything, AND the carriers do not want to do it. After all, the carriers get paid for processing those calls and it adds up. Hold the telephone carriers responsible and you fix this permanently. But it will never rules all.
March 23, 2018
Once again I am in that world.
March 23, 2018
I get calls about vacations I never took, and offering to give me a "special deal" on trips to Bermuda.
March 23, 2018
I have been on the no-call list for many years, updated. Makes no difference. I had to pay about $100 for an attachment which works well to cancel them. Only problem is that so many friends have to hide their ID that I sometimes cancel them too. I don't know why they do this.
March 23, 2018
The federal and state governments pass legislation prohibiting this problem but it seems there are built in loop holes. The telecom industry has to much influence on the wording of these bills. Resulting in laws that sounds good but have rubber teeth.
March 23, 2018
If I see a number that doesn't look familiar I just DO NOT ANSWER it. I once heard that if you pick up your phone, they will not stop calling. So just DON'T ANSWER!
April 02, 2018

In reply to by mamadukes

Actually that doesn’t work. I won’t answer either then get three calls in succession. You could try something my husband did, asked the caller for his home number. He he said what for? Hubby said you guys call me at all hours, then I’ll reciprocate.
jacci dee
March 23, 2018
We have so many calls at least 50. One of them are the "V" numbers on top, then (1)844-820-2464 I couldn't even find a area code. We get all these calls and they are different, and others try again.
March 24, 2018
The government needs to force the phone company to discontinue phone service to these scammers.
March 24, 2018
I keep getting calls on my cell from a 513-207 - xXxX exchange. Different last 4 number but all from the same 207 prefix.
March 25, 2018
If AT&T wanted to put a stop to it they could but they are making money from it ,all ways follow the money. period
May 04, 2018

In reply to by Al

I agree. They get paid per call processed, it adds up. Government cannot order a private billion dollar company to do anything. Also, you can track down the public IP addresses to the ISP resellers who are selling them to India, Pakistan, etc. But they won't.
jacci dee
March 26, 2018
We got a hold of Xfinity, and they could let us block 25 calls. Within a day or two, we had blocked around 16. There was no end. So we shut the answering machine off and let it ring. My husband got into it with one guy, told him never call back, he did a lot.
An Artisan
March 26, 2018
Apparently we are all in the same boat. Since I have been on the do not call list we now get at least 4 calls per day. There is a system out there called "No More Robo", which I am told is very effective. However, Verizon does not support it. I have found the most effective way to deal with telemarketers is to screen your calls. Set your answering machine to ring twice or have it go directly to voice mail. A friend or responsible party will leave a message, (allowing you to pick up) but telemarketers will hang up. Works great. You still get the annoying calls but you are able to screen them. For cell phones, if there is no name shown or the number is unfamiliar, don't answer. Telemarketers will seldom leave a voice message.