Cell Phone Registration

According to the FTC, consumers may have received a chain email warning that cell phones are about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database; however, that is not the case. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers do not call consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

Fees or Third-Party Services to Register

In some states, when the "Do Not Call" programs were initiated, consumers received calls asking for fees or private information from scam artists. No one from the state will call you to enroll you in the Do Not Call Registry. You will sign up yourself on the website or by calling the toll free number.

Additionally, the FTC does not allow private companies or other such third parties to register consumers for the National "Do Not Call" Registry. Websites or phone solicitations that claim they can or will register a consumer's name or phone number on the National Registry - especially those that charge a fee - are almost certainly scams. Consumers may register directly, or through some state governments, but never through private companies. For consumers, the National Registry is a free service of the federal government.

Stealing Personal Information

Another scam involves a solicitation (call or email) from someone claiming to represent a "Do Not Call" registry or the FTC and wanting to verify that you are on the "Do Not Call" list. The scammer may request your Social Security number, bank account number, credit card number, or telephone calling card number.

Once a consumer signs up with a state's actual "Do Not Call" registry, there is no need to confirm personal information. Do not share your personal information if someone calls you claiming to represent a "Do Not Call" registry, an organization attempting to stop fraud, or even the FTC itself. Always keep information about your bank accounts and credit cards to yourself - including the numbers - unless you know the person with whom you are dealing. Never share your Social Security number with a person you do not know.