Do Not Call Register can help stop tele­mar­keters pes­ter­ing you at home

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NA­TIONAL Se­niors Aus­tralia and con­sumer group Choice are call­ing for an end to un­wanted phone calls ask­ing for money.

Lat­est Choice re­search shows that 89% of peo­ple re­ceived at least one un­so­licited call in a six-month pe­riod.

About 25% of peo­ple said they re­ceived un­wanted calls from char­i­ties on a weekly ba­sis, and nearly 5% said that they re­ceived such calls every day or sev­eral times a day.

What is the Do Not Call Register?

The Do Not Call Register is a free ser­vice where con­sumers can se­curely register their home and mo­bile num­bers to re­duce un­so­licited tele­mar­ket­ing calls.

Why should I register my num­ber with the Do Not Call Register?

The Do Not Call Register al­lows you to re­duce the amount of un­wanted tele­mar­ket­ing calls you re­ceive.

Tele­mar­keters are re­quired by law to stop con­tact­ing you once you're on the register.

Regis­tra­tion is free.

If I’m on the register, can a char­ity call me for do­na­tions?

Many calls to so­licit do­na­tions are made by, or on be­half of, char­i­ties.

Th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions are per­mit­ted to call num­bers listed on the register.

Tele­mar­ket­ing calls seek­ing do­na­tions, made by or­gan­i­sa­tions other than reg­is­tered char­i­ties or reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions, are not per­mit­ted.

How do I register my num­ber?

To register your num­ber to re­duce re­ceiv­ing tele­mar­ket­ing calls, you can com­plete an online regis­tra­tion at www.donot­call.gov.au

You can call the Do Not Call Register con­tact cen­tre on 1300 792 958 from Mon­day to Fri­day, be­tween 8.30am and 5pm.

Does the DNCR block num­bers to prevent them from call­ing you?

No, the Register does not have any tech­no­log­i­cal im­pact on your tele­phone or fax line and it does not block or phys­i­cally stop other par­ties from con­tact­ing you.

The Do Not Call Register re­quires tele­mar­keters to sub­mit a list of phone num­bers they wish to call to the Register Op­er­a­tor.

The Register iden­ti­fies any num­bers on that list that are not per­mit­ted to be called be­cause they are reg­is­tered, and they are re­moved from call­ing lists.

It is not pos­si­ble to pur­chase a de­vice that will only block tele­mar­ket­ing calls, as there is no way of iden­ti­fy­ing all the num­bers that tele­mar­ket­ing calls will orig­i­nate from.

Your tele­phone ser­vice provider can­not block all scam calls for the same rea­son.

It is pos­si­ble to ob­tain prod­ucts that can help you to screen calls.

If you re­ceive a life threat­en­ing call, you should con­tact the po­lice on 000.

The Do Not Call Register re­quires tele­mar­keters to sub­mit a list of phone num­bers they wish to call.

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