A Do Not Call List Scam

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

An e-mail, warning the deadline is looming to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry, is circulating.

The e-mail's purpose is to sign your cell number up so telemarketers won't be able to call it, but if you do, you might be giving your number to a group who wants to put it on a directory.

According to the Better Business Bureau and The Federal Trade Commission the e-mail is false and it's been around for years.

Jim Pennycuff of Bowling Green, Ky., is worried if he doesn't sign his number up on the Do Not Call Registry in the next few days telemarketers will bombard his cell phone and he'll be charged the minutes. "If you just pick up the telephone, even if you didn't want to talk to them and you cut it off, you could still be charged the minutes."

Pennycuff doesn't know whether the email is a hoax or the truth. So, WBKO called The Federal Trade Commission who said there are many wireless users like Pennycuff who are confused.

The BBB reminded WBKO, the FTC does not give you a deadline to sign up on The Do Not Call List Registry, it's simply your choice. Like WBKO wven the BBB is getting phone calls from recipients of the email.

"Telemarketers are prohibited from calling cell phones using automated dialer's," said Reanna Smith of the BBB in Louisville, Ky.

Smith also said it's so confusing since there is some truth to the email.
There is a phone directory being put together by some wireless companies. "But they are not publishing the directory for anyone to read," Smith said.

Still, Pennycuff and many others fear their phone numbers will be released to thousands of unwanted callers.

"It's confusing!"

To view examples of these scam e-mails click here.

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