We are right in the middle of dinner, I hear that ring, the same ring I hear every night at about the same time. I stare at the phone knowing that when I get up to answer it, no one will be on the other end, but I just can’t let it ring. So, I jump up from the table and dash to the phone. What do I hear on the other end of the phone? Nothing!!!!
Does this sound like a familiar scenario? Do you ask yourself, what is going on with my phone? Take comfort in knowing it is not necessarily a stalker or someone checking to see if you are home. This is what the FCC calls an “abandoned call”. It is a telemarketing call that is not connected to a live representative within two seconds after being answered by a live person.
If you receive an abandoned call, you may hear dead air or clicking sounds, sometimes followed by a prerecorded message or a hang up. However, there is a solution to the problem of telemarketers rather they are a person or dead air. You can sign up to be on the National Do Not Call Registry. The process is quick and easy and will eliminate nearly all of those annoying calls.
To register your phone number online go to www.donotcall.gov . Or you can call 1-888-382-1222 and request to be added to the Do Not Call Registry. If you would like more information or receive additional information about the National Do Not Call Registry, visit their website.