Greensboro, NC -- How do telemarketers get your number so they know NOT to call you?
The Federal Trade Commission says the government requires the telemarketers to buy the list every year and they charge a fee.
So what is your number worth?
The fee actually goes up October 1st, by a dollar. As of Oct. 1st, a single area code will cost $59 and the entire nation's numbers will cost $16,228. Telemarketers are supposed to update their rolls monthly as more people add their number to the list.
Don't miss this: your cell phone number is NOT going to be made public like your landline. There will NOT be a phone book with cell phone numbers, at least not this year.
The FTC addresses cell phones being made public and sold on their website. In fact, the first line says, "Despite viral email there is no new cellphone database."
The best way to stop those telemarketing calls is to register all your phones, cell or landline, on the Do Not Call Registry. You can call as well, the number is 1-888- 382-1222. Once you register, you never have to do it again. It does not expire.