Monday, January 9, 2006 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Your Cell Phone is Relatively Safe

In the latest example of Internet misinformation, an e-mail is circulating on the Internet stating this:

* ALL CELL PHONE NUMBERS. The first week of January, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you may start to receive sale calls. You will be charged for these calls.

Here's what the FTC has to say:

You may have received an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database; however, that is not the case. Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers.

It seems a forwarded e-mail has as much chance of being accurate as a Wikipedia entry.

posted by Patrick Ross @ 8:51 AM | The FTC