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News Release from the Indiana Attorney General's Office Wed Apr 18 2012:
INDIANAPOLIS – While 2.1 million numbers are protected from unwanted calls, Attorney General Greg Zoeller [zeller] asks why some Indiana residents still have not registered with the state's Do Not Call list.
“Telemarketers call the phone numbers of those who are not listed on Indiana’s no call registry,” Zoeller said. “I doubt those who are not signed up yet want to receive telemarketing calls. More consumers should declare their numbers off limits – it’s easy and free."
Zoeller said the next quarterly deadline to block annoying sales calls and text messages is May 15. Consumers can register their residential landline, cell, VOIP or prepaid wireless numbers and should start to see a decrease in calls after July 1 when the list is updated.
The Attorney General’s Office provided an update on the percentage of eligible phone lines already registered on the Do Not Call list:
Percentage of phone lines registered:
Terre Haute --97.27
Fort Wayne --75.57
Southern Indiana --71.32
South Bend/Elkhart --69.86
Northwest Indiana --54.71
Southeast Indiana --48.39
"As a native of New Albany in southeastern Indiana I understand that the Louisville and Chicago media markets of our state can feel left out and ignored by Indianapolis sometimes," Zoeller said. "That’s why the Attorney General’s Office will make efforts to extend the protections of the Do Not Call list by spreading the word to those areas."
Individuals do not need to re-register unless their address has changed. To sign up or to confirm a number is already on the list, visit www.IndianaConsumer.com or call 1.888.834.9969.
Out-of-state area codes can also be added as long as the billing address is located in Indiana. Those consumers who are registered and receive an unwanted call can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com and clicking on “file a complaint.”
Since Indiana's Do Not Call law went into effect in January of 2002, the Attorney General's Office has obtained 278 settlements with or judgments against telemarketers resulting in awards of penalties and costs totaling more than $16.5 million.
Telephone solicitors who are exempt from the Do Not Call law and may continue to contact you include:
Charitable organizations whose calls are made by volunteers or employees;
Newspapers whose employees make their telephone calls; and
Licensed insurance and real estate agents.
Indiana law does not allow companies with existing business relationships to make sales calls to you unless you have given permission to do so.
Consumers can also sign-up for the national Do Not Call list by visiting www.donotcall.gov or by calling 888.382.1222 from the phone you wish to register. Zoeller said the federal Do Not Call law is not as strict as Indiana’s law, but registering can afford consumers further protection from unwanted calls or text messages.