Cell Phone Numbers About to Go Public? - Internet/Facebook Rumour

27 Aug 2013 - Article No: 1764. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Rumours are circulating the Internet that assert mobile/cell phone numbers are about to become public meaning you are at the mercy of thousands of telemarketers. It is also claimed you will be charged for these calls unless you call the DNC (Do Not Call Registry) and block your number.

See below for examples.


REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. REMINDER…. All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start receive sales calls.

… YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
(888) 382-1222

If 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 number.

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

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This is for Australian phone numbers!

REMEMBER: Mobile Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

REMINDER all mobile phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.

YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

Below is a link where you can enter your phone numbers online to put an end to telemarketing calls

https://www.donotcall.gov.au/
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However the assertion that your phone numbers are about to be released any moment to telemarketers has actually been floating across the Internet as far back as 2004, and they were not accurate even back then.

Specific versions of this rumour have mentioned both Australia and the US, and whilst the emails (or at least most variants of the rumour) have indeed given the correct information for the respective Do Not Call registry, it is simply untrue that failing to register with them will result in copious unsolicited calls from telemarketers.

Most countries have strict rules regarding telemarketing calls, such as the use of auto-dialers are already illegal in most countries. It is true that registering with the respective DNC list in your country may provide some protection from cold-calling (it is still unlikely to protect from scam calls who do not use such registry lists) sharing the information in the rumour is certainly not advised.

In fact the FTC released information on its website dispelling the messages and providing useful and factual advice about telemarketing companies, the DNC and your cellphone, which you can read here.

So, no, your phone number is not about to be released to anyone and you are not about to imminently receive lots of marketing calls if you fail to register with the DNC registry.

Finally, despite the claim made in many versions of this hoax, you cannot be charged for receiving a telemarketing call without your explicit permission.

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