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:
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
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 https://www.donotcall.gov/.
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 http://www.800helpfla.com/nosales.html
or by calling 1-800-HELP FLA (1-800-435-7352).