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Illegal Robocall Numbers Skyrocket

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WMDT 47 News - If you're tired of getting all those robocalls, even after signing up on the Do Not Call Registry, you're not alone.

According to 2012 numbers released from the Federal Trade Commission, the average monthly complaints from consumers who signed up for the national list, but are still getting telemarketing calls, have jumped 63 percent from 2011. In Delaware, nearly 15,000 complaints rolled in. In Maryland, more than 77,000. In Virginia, more than 100,000 complaints.

"It's very annoying. Absolutely inconvenient. The whole reason that I signed up for the Do Not Call List is not to be irritated or annoyed. A lot of times it's coming through as survey calls, and they said that those types of calls do not pertain to the Do Not Call list," Heather Moore of Dover said.

FTC officials say much of the blame lies with the expansion of computerized robocalls, which makes it easier for illegal robocall operations to simultaneously send thousands of calls at less than one cent per minute.

The Do Not Call Registry started in 2003 to address the problem of unwanted telemarketing calls.

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