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When a friend or family member forwards you a cautionary email, you tend to assume it’s true. Before you click “Send” to share it with friends — take a minute to learn more. One email making the rounds warns that you need to register your cell phone with the Do Not Call Registry. The truth is that telemarketers are banned from using automated dialers to call your mobile phone.
Female VO: When a friend or family member forwards you a cautionary e-mail, you tend to assume it’s true. You might even share it with more people. But – BEFORE you click “Send” – take a minute to learn more.
For example, one e-mail making the rounds warns that you need to register your cellphone with the Do Not Call Registry…
…or else you’ll receive a flood of telemarketing calls.
The truth? Telemarketers are banned from using automated dialers to call your cellphone. And there are no new laws that will change that.
Like any rumor, Internet hoaxes spread when we share first… and ask questions later.
And just because you trust the person who sent the e-mail, doesn’t mean they weren’t tricked too. They might even appreciate you letting them know that they don’t need to worry.
So, when it comes to getting telemarketing calls on your cell phone, exercise doubt and check it out… at FTC.gov.
A tip from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency.
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