No-call-list signup deadline is end of August
Aug 20, 2012 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Wisconsin residents who want to stop calls from telemarketers have until the end of August to sign up for the state's do-not-call list.
The free no-call service is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. It covers residential land lines, cellphone numbers and voice-over-Internet protocol (online phones) and also includes protections against unwanted text messages.
However, political calls, calls from nonprofit organizations and calls made in response to any written or verbal request or permission that people have given are not covered by the no-call law.
People who register for the do-not-call list may still receive spam phone calls because many spammers are based overseas and use auto-dialing rather than going by the do-not-call list. Consumer protection agencies advise people who get such spam calls to not give out any personal information, visit links online or respond to prompts to press buttons to "opt out" of phone calls. Responding only confirms to spammers that they have a working number.
Consumers can register multiple numbers on the Wisconsin's do-not-call list. Registrations are good for two years, but consumers can re-register their numbers at any time.
To add your number to the list or get more information, visit nocall.wisconsin.gov or dial (866) 9NO-CALL, which is (866) 966-2255. The hotline is open 24 hours per day.
The list is updated four times per calendar year -- Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1. The registration process is continuous, but those who sign up after the upcoming Aug. 31 deadline will not be added to the list until Jan. 1.
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