Do Not Call – HOAX

December 14, 2004 0 By archshrk

Thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless through our website.

An email urging wireless customers to sign up their cell phones for a national “Do Not Call” list is currently circulating the Internet. The email urges customers to sign up before they begin receiving calls from telemarketers once a national directory of cell phone numbers is put in place.

Verizon Wireless customers do not have to sign up for any “Do Not Call” lists. We have committed to our customers that we will not provide any information to directories of any kind, including the national directory. Verizon Wireless has take a stance against a wireless directory because of preservation of our customers’ privacy, and allowing them to maintain control over their bills and unwanted calls.

Please remember, as part of our Worry Free Guarantee you have the option to change to any qualifying calling plan or airtime promotion at any time. Feel free to contact us again through
www.verizonwireless.com if you have any further questions.

Sincerely,
Lee
Verizon Wireless
Customer Service

“Starting Jan 1, 2005, all cell phone numbers will be made public to telemarketing firms. This means as of Jan 1, our cell phones may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers, but unlike our home phones, most of us pay for incoming cell phone calls. These telemarketers will eat up our free minutes and end up costing us money in the long run.”

This is just a scare tactic. Contact your cell phone provider for their policy on privacy. The Federal Trade Commission (which runs www.donotcall.gov) has this info on their website (burried)

“As required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, the Federal Trade Commission in February announced a proposal to amend the “Do Not Call” provisions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) to require that telemarketers subject to the Rule access the National Do Not Call Registry and purge numbers on the Registry from their call lists every month, instead of every quarter as the Rule originally required. The Commission today announced that the final amended Rule provisions will become effective on January 1, 2005, with telemarketers required to “scrub” their lists against the Registry at least every 31 days.”