EVANSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - In the ten years since Indiana's Do Not Call list went into effect, nearly five-billion unwanted phone calls were blocked from the two-million Hoosiers who have signed up. But thousands of calls still get through.
According to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, the Hoosier state's no-call statutes are among the toughest in the country. His office has collected millions of dollars in fines from violators.
"We aggressively pursue the ones who are violating," said Zoeller, citing the $5,000 fine per phone call.
This past legislative session, lawmakers further strengthened Indiana phone privacy laws by voting to include cell phone numbers to the no-call list.
So what can you do if you still get unwanted calls? If it happens on your smartphone, select the telemarketer's number in your missed calls list. Add the number as a new contact and call it "Telemarketer." Assign no ringtone. The next time they call, you won't even hear the phone ring.
If a call still gets through, add it to the community blacklist so the number never gets through again.
Finally, report every telemarketer who calls you to the attorney general's office.
Click here for more information or write:
Telephone Privacy Division
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
302 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204