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Are you inundated with calls from telemarketers and solicitors on your cell phone number?   If you are like many new homeowners, a landline is a thing of the past. Studies indicate new homeowners, in Palm Beach County and South Florida, are not requesting landlines for their new residences.

It is estimated that 100 billion “robo-calls” (those calls without a human on the other end), political candidate calls and other solicitations are made annually in the U.S.   You might be surprised how they get your mobile number.

According to Privacy Star, automatic dialing devices can figure out and call all possible telephone number combinations.  These numbers can be listed, unlisted and mobile numbers.  A number of telemarketing companies ignore “do not call” lists.  Lists, like these, only work for those who play by the rules.

Sometimes we overshare our number.  An opportunity to win a contest, warranty information or signing up for the extra 20% off at the department store can open up a can of worms in the unwanted solicitation department.

To help minimize unsolicited calls to your cell phone, be perceptive when accepting “terms of use”.  Read the terms when downloading an app to your smartphone.  

Federal laws protect you from being solicited unjustly.  There are two easy ways to add you mobile phone number to the FTC Do Not Call registry:

• FTC Website: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx
• Call Directly: 1-888-382-1222

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