In the past 18 years of the National Do Not Call Registry, those of you signed up for the registry (244 million phone numbers right now) have reported millions upon millions of unwanted sales calls over the years, the Federal Trade Commission says. Here’s a quick look at what you’ve reported this year at DoNotCall.gov about the calls you’re getting:
- The overwhelming majority of calls reported were robocalls — 68% of the 5 million calls you reported during the fiscal year ending October 2021 were robocalls. (If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall). Another 22% were live calls.
- The most common topic of the calls you reported was imposters, including calls from scammers pretending to be the Social Security Administration or IRS.
Learn more about these reports, including data for your state.
Your reports show what we all know — even if you’re on the registry, you’re still getting unwanted calls, the FTC says. Legitimate, law-abiding companies typically follow the Do Not Call rules. But scammers often ignore them.
To get fewer calls, read about some steps you can take to block unwanted calls.
And the FTC asks you to please, keep reporting calls at DoNotCall.gov. The FTC and other law enforcement agencies analyze reports to identify and take action against the people responsible for illegal calls and scams. The FTC also takes the phone numbers you report and releases them each business day to help telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are working on call-blocking and call-labeling solutions.
Learn more about blocking unwanted calls at ftc.gov/calls.