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Beware of Fine Print
That Sidesteps the "Do Not Call" Lists-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor This says that someone
received a card in the mail offering free soft drinks.
But the fine print on the card said that by responding to the offer,
that person could be called by the sponsors or the co-sponsors of
the offer even if the person had been protected by being included in
a "do not call" list.
TruthOrFiction.com has received
numerous copies of this particular eRumor, but has not yet actually
seen one of the alleged cards offering the soft-drinks.
We have evidence, however, that this tactic is being increasingly
used by businesses that want to try to disarm the "do not call
Consumers have been angered by the volume and the nature of
unsolicited telephone calls.
Even unlisted numbers are not protected because of telemarketers who
use automated dialing equipment.
Additionally, there are annoying auto-dialers that constantly
"test" your number and hang-up to see what times of the
day somebody answers the phone to a telemarketer can call back
during those times.
Many states have established "do not call lists" which
allow consumers to list the telephone numbers they do not want
telemarketers to call.
Additionally, In the U.S., there has been a federal do not call
registry established at http://www.donotcall.gov/ It is operated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
That blocks most telemarketers from calling your numbers.
Some organizations, such as non-profit charities, political
organizations, or pollsters are still allowed to call.
In addition, the Federal Trade Commission is warning about a scam
that is based on the "do not call" registry.
Scammers are making telephone calls to offer consumers the
opportunity to put their numbers into a "do not call"
registry and ask for personal information.
Some of the calls seek to confirm your alleged registry on the
"do not call" list.
Some try to get you to pay for your listing with a credit card.
None of the registries initiates telephone calls to consumers or
charges anything for listing your numbers..The telemarketers are
hopping mad about the do not call lists and are attempting to fight
them in court.
Meantime, some of them are including fine print in their
communications with consumers that is designed to allow them or
their affiliates to call the consumers regardless of being on a
government "do not call" list
For example, a long page of fine print at www.catalog.com
includes the words, By
completing the forms on this website, you agree the sponsors or
co-sponsors of of this contest may telephone you, even
if your number is found on a "do
not call" registry or list. You may be required to confirm
information you have provided on this form. Completing this form may
result in a sales solicitation."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
This is to all of you that signed up for the "do not call"
This week I received a card in the mail that looked alright-- It
"vote for your favorite cola - Pepsi or Coke- and receive a
complementary 12 pack"
It didn't look suspicious--but for some reason I kept looking at
THEN I FOUND IT !! At the bottom of the card there is a VERY
statement. It is SO small it is hard to read--but here is what it
"By completing this form, you agree that sponsors and
offer may telephone you , even if your number is found on a do
registry or list "
This REALLY upset me and I just wanted all my friends to be aware
way to get around the "do not call" law !! Just think
how many people
send this in and their do not call registry will be NO GOOD !!
company's name is MARKET SOLUTION. Please send this to all your
that signed up for " do not call" . I think this is
just one of what we
will get in the
future--so READ EVERYTHING before you SIGN AND SEND !! AND TELL
FRIENDS ABOUT IT!!!! PLEASE !!!