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