Do Not Call List

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DO NOT CALL! Can the national Do Not Call List stop telemarketing calls? Can you stop junk mail? Not completely, but don't give up. You can make a substantial amount of it go away.

The Federal Trade Commission's national Do Not Call List will help stop telemarketing calls. Register online for their free Do Not Call List service; click on DO NOT CALL LIST and follow their instructions. Be patient — the Do Not Call List service can be slow at times. But, getting your phone numbers on the national Do Not Call List will be worth the wait. (Tip: Don't forget to add your cell phone and fax numbers to the Do Not Call List.)

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) helps stop junk mail and unwanted email. It maintains 2 national "stop" lists: Do Not Mail and Do Not email. After you register for each one, DMA members must stop contacting you for 5 years. If you move during the 5-year period, you must re-register for each "Do Not" list. The amount of mail or email you receive should decrease approximately 3 months after you register.

Because the Federal Trade Commission's national Do Not Call List has been so successful, the Direct Marketing Association has largely closed down their own Do Not Call List.

The DMA has added a new Deceased Do Not Contact list. When a deceased person has been registered with that list, the person's name, address, phone number and e-mail address is placed on a special do not contact file. All DMA members are required to permanently eliminate these individuals from all of their mailing, email, and telemarketing lists. Once again, it can take about 3 months before the amount of mail decreases.

Another new service is the DMA's Do Not Contact List for Caretakers. Caregivers are encouraged to register the information about individuals in their care as soon as possible. Upon registration, the person's name, address, phone number and e-mail address are placed on the DMA's Do Not Mail and Do Not email lists. All DMA members are required to permanently eliminate these individuals from all of their mailing, email, and telemarketing lists. (Only one registration is required for all 3 lists.)

Register online for any or all of the 4 lists; you can also register by mail for the Do Not Mail list. Online registration for Do Not email is free. Registration for the Do Not Mail list is $1 whether you register online or by mail;. Online registration for the new Deceased Do Not Contact list or Do Not Contact List for Caretakers is $1 per list.

You must register separately for each one. Click on the form you want below. If you want to register for the Do Not Mail list by mail, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the form.

do not mail list

Do Not Mail

do not email

Do Not email

deceased do not contact

Deceased Do Not Contact

do not contact list for caretakers

Do Not Contact List for Caretakers

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