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Telemarketers told not to call more than 223 million phone numbers; some still do

Millions of consumers with more than 223 million phone numbers don't want to hear from telemarketers, according to the latest report by the Federal Trade Commission on its Do-Not- Call Registry.

The Registry is a list of consumer-submitted phone numbers that telemarketers aren’t supposed to call.

For the year ended Sept. 30, the list of off-limit phone numbers reached 223,429,112. That number has grown every year since the registry was created a decade ago.

Marylanders registered 4.6 million numbers, with 1.7 million in the 410 area code. The state is No. 10 on a per capita basis for most registered phone numbers.

Consumers here also filed 83,617 complaints about telemarketers not honoring the registry, with most of the complaints — 38,964 — coming from the 301 area code.

Overall, complaints about telemarketers fell over the past year to 3.7 million, nearly 92,000 fewer than the year before.

According to the FTC, telemarketers are required to update their call lists about once a month to remove numbers that consumers request that they don’t call.

You can add your number to the verboten list by calling 888-382-1222 or registering online.  

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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