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November 17, 2009

National DNC List expiration dates

CANADA - Have you registered your phone number with Canada's National Do Not Call List in an effort to prevent telemarketers from calling you?

I know I did. I registered it over a year ago when the DNC List first became active.

What I did not know was that there is an "expiration date" on registering your number. Its not permanent. It expires within a year or two of the date your registered it.

So if you registered your number a long time ago, you might want to check again and make sure its still registered. Otherwise the telemarketing calls may resume sooner than you think.

I got 5 today alone, all from the same number. Unfortunately when I went to the DNC website to lodge a complaint against the telemarketer for violating the registry I discovered that I was "no longer" registered.

No notification, just un-registered again. So my advice for other Canadians is to check once a year and make sure you are registered. And while you are at it send a complaint to the CRTC about why they are de-registering people without their permission.

The telemarketing industry in Canada is big business. Its corrupt. Its understandable that they've managed to weasel their way into having the DNC List set on "temporary" status so they can resume their annoying phone calls whenever people's numbers cease to be registered.

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