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Mass E-mails and Urban Legends: Don’t Believe Everything You Read

A well-intentioned friend recently distributed – to many dozens of people – an e-mail claiming that next month all mobile phone numbers will be released to telemarketers, so it is essential to call the Federal Trade Commission’s toll-free number to opt out of receiving unwanted calls. The e-mail finished by telling recipients to forward it to all of their friends.

This e-mail is false and perpetuates an urban legend that has been circulating for years, wasting bandwidth, processing cycles and disk space!

The truth is that mobile phones are protected from telemarketing; the toll-free opt-out number should be used for landline phones.

For more details, check out and the FTC website.

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