In the age of constant communication through text messages, emails and phone calls, it is helpful to have the power to eliminate unwanted interactions that are impersonal and bothersome.

Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans in November to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry, which is a permanent and free service that limits those irritating phone interruptions from telemarketers. Companies under the National Do Not Call Registry have 31 days from the register date of the consumers to stop calling.

The announcement by DeWine was a reaction to companies and scam artists violating do-not-call requests. The list of Ohioans on the registry continues to grow, and it is at an all time high at this point. However, according to DeWine, the scam calls that violate regulations are increasing as well. Violations can be reported to the Attorney General’s Office.

It’s important to remember that adding your name to the registry may not deter robocalls, which are usually prerecorded messages sent utilizing auto dialers. It’s not as easy to trace these, but it is a less expensive option for companies who can send out thousands of calls per minute.

DeWine’s office made a few suggestions to avoid these phone scams, including not trusting caller ID because it could be misleading and not responding to instructions that ask you to press numbers with corresponding options. When reporting the call, specify as much information as possible, including the phone number that received the call, time/date of the call, number that appeared on caller ID, if any, identity of caller if known, and the content of the call.

Those who would like to add their phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry can visit or call 888.382.1222. The registry is a great option to avoid annoyances and provide citizens with a bit more privacy when they are enjoying time at home.

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