Do Not Call emails are fake, registrations do not expire, FTC says

Don’t fall for someone pretending to be from the Federal Trade Commission who is sending out fake emails telling people that their Do Not Call registration is expiring, federal officials are warning.

“The emails use the FTC’s logo and send people to a phony Do Not Call website to register their numbers again,” a statement from the FTC said.

If you’ve never signed up for the Do Not Call registry but want to do so, you can add your phone number at donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.

The point of the list is to avoid unsolicited sales calls, though scammers who hide behind phony “spoofed” numbers and sometimes operate from overseas do not always observe it. You can also consider a variety of phone apps and other options.