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Consumer Tip Sunday, July 9, 2006


Cell Phones
and the
National Do Not Call Registry

Many of us have received an E-mail from a friend warning us that our cell phone numbers are about to be released to telemarketing companies.  The E-mail usually reads something like this:

JUST A REMINDER....7 days from today, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies  and you will start to receive sale 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.

The Federal Trade Commission  (FTC) assures us that telemarketing to cell phone numbers has always been illegal and will continue to be so.*  The FTC does, however, maintain a National Do Not Call Registry which will prevent most telemarketers from calling any number  on the list.  Customers can add their telephone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry at

The State of Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also maintains a statewide Do Not Call list.  Information about the state's program and Florida Statutes concerning telemarketing can be found at or by calling 1-800-HELP FLA (1-800-435-7352).