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Old 09-12-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Snopes may say that this is an "Urban Legend" but according to this news article re: Intelius, it's a distinct possibility that your number can be acquired.

http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/business/14492297.html

I usually run everything I read through SNOPES too - but considering the fact that I've been getting calls from four different telemarketers since September 1, and had seen this news article, I called the number and it was legitimate so I registered my phone number. Better safe than sorry.

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.
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http://www.donotcall.gov/
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Snopes may say that this is an "Urban Legend" but according to this news article re: Intelius, it's a distinct possibility that your number can be acquired.

http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/business/14492297.html

I usually run everything I read through SNOPES too - but considering the fact that I've been getting calls from four different telemarketers since September 1, and had seen this news article, I called the number and it was legitimate so I registered my phone number. Better safe than sorry.

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.
OR go to:

http://www.donotcall.gov/
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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This is an Urban Legend that SNOPES indicates is "false".
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SNOPES is the first place I go whenever I get an email or note about some computer virus, email viruses, or anything politically or legend related.

Although, for those that do get calls from unknown numbers (on caller ID, or showing on your cell), this site is a good one for finding out you're in the same boat as a lot of other folks. I've seen posts about numbers I've gotten calls from as well as posted numbers myself. One rule-of-thumb I follow, is if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it.


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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">One rule-of-thumb I follow, is if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm with you. If they really want me, they'll leave a message.

I'm amazed at the number of folks that will return a call that they missed and ask "did someone call this number"?
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Hi Gracie's mom,

Actually that rumor has been circulating the Internet for a very long time,, I believe for about three years or longer...

As of this date, it is still just a rumor and is not true...

BUT... that is not to say that it won't happen one day in the future.

I and my family have had cell phones since the late 1980's and none of us has have ever gotten a telemarketer call on any of our cell phones and it has been several years since I have got one on my house phone..


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I've already been getting on my cell phone, for a month or more, those 506 area code calls, recorded message which says something like "urgent information about your current account --- but there's not a problem . . . " and so forth.

Now I have no idea how this relates to anything already said.
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:04 AM   #8
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After personally experiencing things that Snopes claims are not true or unlikely I tend to take their data with a grain of salt. The nit-picky reason about why telemarkets may be calling cell phones may be a bit off however I can vouch for the fact that they are calling them despite what Snopes has posted or the legalities involved. Let's face it, since when has legality been a big show stopper for those inclined to disregard the law anyway.

I have registered all my families cell phones on the National DO NOT CALL list and now get very few of these calls.

I had as a test not registered one cell phone on the National DNC list, the one only used for emergencies or calls only between family members and it became the one getting the most telemarketing calls, up to several per day. It is now registered on the DNC list and very quiet.

After a few calls on my land line that do come through despite being registered on the DNC list I do seem to get blacklisted by the telemarketers for about a year. That seems to happen after I tell them to hold for my wife who may be very interested in what they have to say. I tell my wife about the call and how she should pick up the phone if she is interested, then I go make a sandwich, check some email, etc. I'll check back in ten or fifteen minutes to see if they are still there and if they are I tell them to wait while I see what is keeping my wife. Had one who held on for an hour before hanging up. Word seems to get out and I rarely get calls after one of these exercises.

Despite any rumors claimed true or false, if you want to limit your exposure to telemarketing calls on your cell phone then register on the National DO NOT CALL list. It is not a 100% guarantee that you won't receive a call but it does help quiet things down.
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I believe there is a federal law banning this.
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If you want to veryify that your phone number is on the "do not call" list, you can go to the second web site that Bev mentioned above -- www.donotcall.gov/ and follow the links --- you put in your phone number(s) and email address and then a email will be sent to you to verify registration. Also, in 2007 a new bill was passed that makes this registration good for as long as you have the number (it originally was for just 5 years and then you would have to re-register.
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From personal experience I know that some telemarketers are calling cell phone numbers. I have been receiving frequent calls from the vehicle warranty scam and also from one other. Don't know how they got the number, but I do get the calls.
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It isn't difficult to find the block of numbers for cell phones. E.g., mine is 602-540-XXXX. Then start dialing. you will get me in less than 10,000 tries.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Route 66:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">One rule-of-thumb I follow, is if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm with you. If they really want me, they'll leave a message. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
But if they do leave a message, it's going to cost you minutes on your cell phone to go to your voice mail to retrieve the message.
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Sharbra - those vehicle warranty people are driving me nuts. I have started going so far as to giving them the information they want - make and model of my car and all that (no personal information) until I get to a supervisor then giving him a piece of my mind. No matter what I do, how rude I am, etc., they keep calling. And the calls come from DC, Arizona, West Virginia - place I have friends so I answer the darned thing!! Ugh!! If you ask them, when they ask you for the make and model of your car, how they know your warranty has expired if they don't even know the make and model of the car, they just hang up. I've tried calling the number back but it's a blocked number. I think the next time one of them calls, I'm going to tell them that I applied, haven't gotten the information I was promised and may I please speak to a supervisor - try to get the name of the company - so I can report them.
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