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What is the “Do Not Call” register?

telemarketerEver had a deluge of really annoying telemarketing calls, just when you were about to sit down for dinner? The ‘Do Not Call’ register might be what you need.

The Do Not Call Register is a program run by the NZ Marketing Association and is designed to protect the public from unwanted telemarketing calls. It is a free service offered to New Zealand householders.

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If you wish to register your number to block unwanted telemarketing you can do so online, by phone or by post by following the information on the Do Not Call section of the website. The Register is meant to be used for phones which are primarily or exclusively private or domestic phones, and not when the phone is used primarily for business purposes.

Telemarketers are supplied a list of numbers on the register that they must not contact. However, there is a list of exceptions to this barrier, including calls related from institutions that you have a commercial relationship with, marketing companies that choose not to subscribe to the “do not call” register and call from overseas organisations.

It’s still a good start though!

While the register is effective in stopping a number of legitimate telemarketing calls, it is unfortunately ineffective in stopping calls by scammers. Even if you haven’t listed your number with the Register, you should always be careful when receiving an unsolicited call, and not be afraid to hang up if you suspect the call is a scam.

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