Do Not Call registrations reach 20 million

The Federal Trade Commission reports that “As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2003, 19.6 million telephone numbers had been logged into the registry.”

Wow. That’s more than the number of people that voted in the last California gubernatorial living. The total number is expected to reach 60 million.

Unfortunately, registering for the Do Not Call list doesn’t prevent all people from calling you. Politicians and charities are exempted from the ban. Also exempted are companies and organizations that have an “established relationship” with you. So you’ll still get a call from Visa offering insurance to pay off your credit card if you get killed. The only way to prevent these calls is to tell these companies to remove you from their call lists, mailing lists, email lists, third-party lists, etc., etc. Also, this Do Not call list doesn’t go into effect for a few months. In the meantime, you can contact the credit reporting agencies.