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E-mail hoax sparks 'Do Not Call' stampede


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 12:12 AM

A hoax e-mail circulating the Internet has millions of Americans scurrying to add their cell phones to a national Do Not Call list to avoid telemarketers.Published: December 14, 2004, 5:09 PM PST By Stefanie Olsen Staff Writer, CNET News.com The e-mail warns recipients that telemarketers will have new rights to call cell phones beginning Jan. 1, if people don't request anonymity by Wednesday. In the last week, 9.5 million people registered with the Do Not Call list, many as a result of the warning, according to its governing agency the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC typically fields up to 200,000 requests in a week, according to FTC spokeswoman Jen Schwartzman. "People are panicked, and I think the only thing they got right in the e-mail is our Web site registration information," Schwartzman said.
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Posted 15 December 2004 - 11:52 AM

Just goes to show you that people never bother checking out the facts or verifying sources of information before they broadcast it to everyone in their address folder, usually with the best of intentions.
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