WASHINGTON (AP) - For a while, it seemed to be working - people signed up for the "do not call" registry - and people stopped getting calls day and night about commercial offers.
But now it seems the number of calls is creeping back up. So much so that people are beefing at the federal government about the effectiveness of the "do not call" list.
Most of the complaints are about pre-recorded pitches that offer everything from lower credit card interest rates to new windows for your home.
The federal do-not-call list was set up nearly a decade ago to keep telemarketers in check. There are more than 209 million phone numbers on it. The Federal Trade Commission is now increasing efforts to fight off the latest onslaught of robocalls.