Feb 09

Do Not Call!

notcallEarlier this week, I received an email forward from a co-worker urging me to call an 800 number so that I could provide my cell phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry.  The instructions told me to call the number from my cell phone and then type in my cell phone number.  This made me a bit suspicious.  In the email was a link to a government website, so I decided to head over to that website and check it out.

On the website, I read about a lot of scammers out there who are trying to get people to share information. Tricks are bad.  The website has a way to register your cell phone numbers for the “do not call” list, it then sends a verification email, and then you are on the list and should not get any annoying telemarketing calls on the cell phone registered.

Well, woot!  That was easy, right?  Who wants telemarketers calling our cell phones?

I have this weird feeling in my gut that I should be suspicious about something, but I do not want to be. I do not want to be an alarmist or think that there is some conspiracy in this.

Is there one?

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  1. Bob W says:

    There is no need to register your cell phone in order to get on a “Do Not Call” list.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp

  2. Paul Essen says:

    This “scare” has been going on for a few years. Look it up on Snopes.com.

  3. Dee says:

    A few months back I put all of our phones on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY. Once a month, I would send in a complaint when I would receive a call, most recordings and really thought that I was putting a stop to all of this. Then one morning at 5 am my phone rang – one call after another – all telemarketer. This happened periodically throughout the day. I counted 125 calls that day. Finally, I decided to start calling back using the Caller ID number – well…I discovered that I had become a victim of SPOOF CALLING. The people on the other end had no idea who I was and very apologetic. So all of this time I was reporting innocent people’s numbers.

    I decided to contact my VoIP service to see if they could add a block feature. I was very upset with their response. I was told that I could send the calls directly to voice mail during the off hours so not to be disturbed or block say 30 of them depending on my home phone system (which I’ve exceeded), and that I really shouldn’t worry about it because I am not being charged for incoming calls.

    I said, “You mean to tell me that you being an Internet phone provider have no way of tracking the SPOOF CALL which was obviously sent out by a computer system?” This company has been in business for more than a decade.

    So I don’t have a clue what to do. It is annoying! If someone can create an APP to help us with this, it would be terrific.

    • Avatar of Stacy Bender Stacy Bender says:

      That sounds horrible! I agree with you that it would be terrific for there to be an APP to deal with the issue. I have been able to stay off of call lists…somehow… :) But I am also a cell phone only user.

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