Do Not Call Registry
Receive fewer telemarketing calls by registering your home and cell phone number with national and state Do Not Call listings.
Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota have registration available and effective now. South Dakota also partners with the National Do Not Call Registry, so when you sign up with the national registry, you are automatically registered in South Dakota as well.
In order to sign up, call the national registry or your state registry, or visit their website. Remember to call from the phone you want registered on the list.
National Do Not Call Registry
Once registered, the Federal Trade Commission and states enforce the Do Not Call Registry. However, you may still receive calls from companies which have an existing business relationship with you, companies you owe money or companies you have requested call you. Businesses may also call you to set up a face-to-face meeting but must not attempt to sell you anything during the call.
Even under these circumstances, you can request that an individual company stop calling you. During the phone call, simply ask that you be placed on the company's Do Not Call list, and that company can no longer contact you.
Scam artists have taken advantage of the popularity of state Do Not Call lists to trick consumers into giving up personal information, such as their social security, bank account, credit card or calling card numbers. These callers imply that they are a representative of the state or national Do Not Call Registry, and need your personal information to verify or confirm that you want to be on the list, or that signing up on the list requires payment of a fee.
Keep in mind:
- Once you sign up for Do Not Call, you do not need to confirm your personal information.
- You should never share your personal information with someone who calls you claiming to represent a Do Not Call list or registry or an organization to stop fraud.
- You will never receive an unsolicited call to be put on a no-call list. You must affirmatively contact the state or national registry.
- Most telemarketers must buy an updated copy of the state's Do Not Call list every 90 days.
- When calling, telemarketers must identify themselves, the company they represent (they cannot block caller ID) and the product they are selling.
- Always keep your bank account, credit card and social security numbers to yourself unless you know exactly whom you're dealing with. Fraudulent companies can very quickly electronically debit your account.
- If you give you bank account number to a fraudulent telemarketer, contact your bank to stop payment. If the payment has already been taken out, you can still ask your bank to credit your checking or savings account if you did not clearly authorize the debit.
Report a Suspicious Call
Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Consumer Center
North Dakota Office of Attorney General
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 125
Bismarck, ND 58505
South Dakota Office of Attorney General
Division of Consumer Protection
500 East Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: 800.300.1986 or 605.773.4400