How to Stop Annoying Calls to a Home Phone

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It's 8:00 p.m., and you've had a long day. You finally got the kids to bed, and the house is quiet. Just as you sit down to enjoy some television or surf the Internet, the phone rings, interrupting your downtime.

You answer to find it's someone you don't want to talk to -- a prerecorded message or a telemarketer trying to sell you something. You hang up the phone, feeling irritated and upset.

No one likes to be harassed by telephone solicitors. You can put an end to these types of unwanted calls by following these simple steps.

Answer your phone when a solicitor calls you and tell him you would like your number to be removed from the company's marketing list.

Add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry. This registry is governed by the Federal Trade Commission. Most telemarketers are not allowed to call registered numbers, so this step will eliminate most telephone solicitors from reaching you. Access the Do Not Call registry web site. Click on the "Register a Phone Number" link on the left-hand side of the page and follow the step-by-step instructions to add your phone number to the registry.

If you continue to receive calls from telemarketers after adding your number to the Do Not Call Registry, take note of each company that solicits your phone, as well as the time and date of each offending call. If you have caller ID, also take note of the numbers from which each call was made.

Report offending companies to the Federal Communications Commission. Access the FCC's complaints page online and follow the step-by-step instructions to file a complaint with the agency. You will receive a confirmation of your complaint at the end.

Take note of the company or person affiliated with the prerecorded message, as well as the time and date of the placed call. If you have caller ID, take note of the number from which the call was made.

Access the FCC's complaints site.

Select the option to report prerecorded messages on a home phone and click the "Next" button.

Select the filing method you wish to use (online form, telephone, fax, mail and e-mail) and follow the instructions listed regarding that method. Use the information you recorded about the call.