Robocalling telemarketers ignored the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry in record numbers in fiscal year 2012. According to the FTC's National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for FY 2012 (PDF), the agency received 3,840,502 consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls in the period, up substantially from the 2,273,516 complaints it fielded in fiscal year 2011.
Telemarketing robocalls are reaching epidemic proportions: complaints to the FTC about robocalls increased from just under 150,000 in October 2011 to 216,338 in March 2012 and remain near that level: 201,699 robocall complaints were received by the agency in September 2012, the most recent month for which figures are available.
Despite the rampant abuse, it still pays to place your telephone numbers in the Do Not Call Registry. To do so, visit the registration page on DoNotCall.gov, enter the numbers you want to block from telemarketers, supply your e-mail address twice, and click Submit to have a confirmation message sent to that address. Then click the link in the confirmation e-mail to add the phone numbers to the registry.
The FTC provides a Complaint Assistant for consumers who would like to register a complaint. You can also report a Do Not Call violator by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-38... [Read more]