Will cell phone numbers go public?

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS EMAIL?

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REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public again this month.

REMINDER….. all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

…. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds.

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IT’S NOT TRUE! Yet, I see this email making the rounds in different formats all the time. This time around they added a nice graphic. It’s still not legit!

It’s illegal for an automatic telephone dialing system or prerecorded voice message to call a mobile number where you’ll be charged for the call unless it’s an emergency or you gave express prior consent.

This email appears to have stemmed from discussion about a 411 directory. However, the Federal Communications Commission says it would still be illegal to call a cell phone for telemarketing purposes even if the wireless 411 directory took effect.

The directory would be opt-in only, and the list of numbers would not be made available to telemarketers. It’s been talked about for a few years, and is still not a reality so you have nothing to worry about for now.

You can still register your cell phone number. It won’t do any harm. Click here to register or call 1-888-382-1222.

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There is another email that claims you need to update your number with the Do not Call Registry because it expires. This is also not true.

You can check to make sure your number is on the list, by clicking here.

Exceptions
While the do not call list protects you from most calls, it won’t protect you from everything. There are exceptions.

If you have or had a business relationship with a company within the last 18 months, they can call you without being considered a telemarketer. Still, it’s your right as a consumer to ask them to take you off their list.

If you made an inquiry or submitted an application to a company, they can call you for three months. Again, ask to be taken off their list if you want them to stop calling. Most companies have an internal do not call list.

Religious and political calls are exempt which usually generates consumer complaints around election time. Charitable calls are also allowed.

Things to look out for
Be leery of sweepstakes or online forms that you may fill out. By signing up for something, you may be giving the company the right to call you. Make sure you read all the fine print before you release your information. Be stingy with that phone number.

There are also new rules that require companies leave an “opt out” option when automatically calling numbers. If you pick up and hear an automated message, after they tell you what it’s about you’ll hear an option to hit 1 or 2 etc. to be removed from the company’s phone list.

Check before you forward
Before you forward an email, check it out and make sure it’s legit. Snopes is a great website that makes it easy to figure out fact from fiction.

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