So you gave someone your name and number online, or you stopped in to some store and happen to sign up for something. Your name and number got sold 40,000 times and now your phone won’t stop ringing.
You can make it stop. Answer it and tell the person on the other end who you are, and that they are to put you on the Do Not Call list, wish them a good day, and hang up.
This doesn’t usually work on collections calls, but it’s worth a try. It should work on sales solicitors, because they can get huge fines if they call again after that.
Also, get yourself on the state and national do not call lists, as that will reduce the odds that cold callers will bother you.
By telling them to put you on the do not call list, you might be turning away information or an offer you really want. So if you intentionally gave someone your name and number and then start getting calls, um, answer the phone.