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Don't Get Hooked: Do-Not-Call

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -

Phone calls from telemarketers. It is one of the biggest pet peeves of American citizens, especially when the calls come to your cell phone.

The Better Business Bureau deals with complaints about bad businesses...and many of those complaints target telemarketers.

Signing up for the Do-Not-Call list is easier than ever...and a good thing to do to help make sure you...don't get hooked.

The BBB is being flooded with calls right now from consumers wanting to get on the "Do-Not-Call" registry.

"Just people wanting to get on it," says Michael Rohrer with the Arkansas Better Business Bureau. "How do I stop them? And it comes in waves. We hear that. This just happens to be a time of the year. It's after tax season. We're not not sure exactly why."

The national Do-Not-Call registry was established after Arkansas's Do-Not-Call list.

The two have merged...and unlike the state list, the national list is free and does not require you to re-register every year.

Charities or non-profits, political organizations, groups conducting polls or surveys, and companies you have an existing business relationship with can still call you.

And just because you sign up doesn't mean the calls will stop immediately.

"It does take about 30 days...they have 31 days, so about a month's time...that a company has to process that list or refresh their list to make sure that they're not calling those numbers," says Rohrer.

If someone calls, emails or tells you that you need to sign up, it's a scam. You won't be asked to sign up. You will have to initiate the process.

You can sign up either by visiting www.donotcall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222. You need to call from the phone that you wish to register.

Air date: May 15th, 2014