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Don’t Be Fooled By Email Scams Targeting Your Wireless Cell Phone Number

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Since September 2004, a rumor has been circulating around the Internet that cell phone numbers will soon go public and that you should act fast by calling the federal “Do Not Call Registry” to add your cell phone number to avoid telemarketing calls.  I received an email this morning to that effect (which made it past my spam filters), telling me to act now to prevent my cell phone number from “going public.”

In fact, this is a fraud – FCC regulations already make it illegal for telemarketers using auto-dialers (most do) to call wireless phone numbers.  So, don’t be fooled by this dire warning.

The email you receive may look something like this:

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
REMINDER…..  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 .. It takes about 20 seconds.

Do NOT pass this email on to anyone else!

Do NOT call the number!

If you doubt my word, check out this Internet fraud here and here.  And, if you’re thinking that wouldn’t happen to me, “I’m a lawyer,” check out this California Bar Journal article from July 2008.  Finally, you might also want to read this article about the importance of keeping your cell phone number as private as possible.

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