Phone Company Informative - Telemarketing scams, be protected from them.

Review by 23169 on 2007-09-20
Just a reminder to any one who has forgotten. I did this and it is really easy and fast.

Reminder: Don't forget to call. This was forwarded to all us at the office by one of the attorneys so I wanted to share it with you. Be sure and share this with your other friends and family members.

This is something I had heard was going to happen but wasn’t sure when.

Call from your cell because, 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 TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS. It takes about 20 seconds. This also is good for your home phone as well just use which phone you want blocked.

Good luck and may God have mercy on us all.
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-09-21
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-09-20:
Sorry Liddy, urban legend.

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
Hugh Thanks for the link but I still don’t understand why every one thinks snopes is the be all and end all to the answers of the world?
I have received calls from telemarketing companies all ready and what is the point in believing snopes and not calling the number I gave? I did and it’s legitimate and very easy to do and only takes minute. If what snopes says is correct no harm no foul, if not what did you lose?

I know snopes is not always right and have busted them on a few occasions.

Just asking….

By the way "VH"
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-09-20:
Good ole HUGH and his hit and run denial statements. 1485 comments, 2 stars, and not a single review posted. What's the matter HUGH, afraid of exposing yourself to the same tactics you give others? Lidmans post is still valid even with your snopes article. The snopes article doesn't say the do not call registry doesn't work, it attempts to say that it simply isn't needed since telemarketers CURRENTLY do not have access to a wireless call number directory. Sure, you can constantly keep checking to see if legislation has changed for the worse and then take action, but wouldn't it be far smarter to just dial a 10 digit number now and not have to worry about anything for 5 years?
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-09-20:
I just used the number and called the FTC do not call registry and registered my cell. I can't see the harm whether the phone numbers really are released or not. Not much irks me more than getting solicitation calls or text on my cell, which occasionally does happen. Thanks for the number lids.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-09-20:
Good point Liddy, I guess there is no harm in registering your number just in case they ever try to do this to us.

Mr Commando, I'm here to hopefully offer some help to folks, not complain. I that bothers you, feel free to click "Block Hugh_Jorgen". I will try to get over it.
Posted by Timboss on 2007-09-20:
Sort of right - sort of wrong, this is from the FTC Website

Can I register my cell phone on the National Do Not Call Registry?
Yes, you may place your personal cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. The registry has accepted cell phone numbers since it opened for registrations in June 2003. There is no deadline to register a home or cell phone number on the Registry.

You may have received an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database; however, that is not the case. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers don’t call consumers on their cell phones without their consent.
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-09-20:
Sorry Liddy, urban legend. (I don't consider that help.)
As for blocking you, I have no reason to. You are an intelligent person and you do contribute valuable comments. It appeared to me that your first post to lidmans review was an attempt to subdue the value of it, trying to give a reason to others NOT to take his advice. If I was incorrect in that assumption, please accept my apologies.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-09-20:
Admittedly, it came off a bit flippant - certainly not my intention to "dis" one of our four star members.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
I've never got a telemarketing call on my cell but thanks for the info Lidman. Ya know you always get my VH vote.

Come on now who doesn't enjoy Hugh's flippant remarks. They crack me up.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
Good post, thanks for the info. But how do we deal with the moron's that spam our cell phones with spam text messages? I block them and they just create another spam account.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
DigitalCommando, thanks and no apologies necessary.

Hugh, I always value your comments and I new you weren't being "flippant".

And thanks to every one good comments and VH!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
Bravo!! Lidman!
Posted by lobo65 on 2007-09-20:
You can register your cell phone online as well. That's what I did long ago, and I've never received a telemarketer call on it thus far.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
On the subject of the do not call registry. Any numbers you have registered will expire in five years. You will have to re-register your number if your five years are up. You can go to the registry web site and enter the numbers you registered to determine when they will expire.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
Lidman: As always, good information.
I voted your advice as 'Very Helpful'.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
I haven't received any telemarketing calls yet. But, all the same, it only takes seconds to register, so thanks for the tip, Lidman.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20:
Lobo65, Rpbf, FedUp and dianec thanks people and thanks mostly for your input!
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-09-21:
Speaking of the DNC list, I got up this morning and who's on the radio but consumer advocate Clark Howard - talking about this topic. Apparently, we are coming up on the fifth anniversay of the DNC list and if you don't renew you will find yourself back in the pool. Since people move and change numbers, the law was written so any given number is only blocked for five years. Time to call.

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