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Cell phone numbers will not be released to telemarketers in 2013

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Could the new year also give more freedom to telemarketers?

An email thread that could be in your inbox is warning people that their cell phones will soon be flooded by calls if they don't take action.

Recent scam e-mails claim all cell phone numbers will go public this month.

WGEM talked to experts Wednesday at Cell-Tech in Quincy who say this simply isn't true.

Cell Tech officials say while you may get calls from tele-marketers, it's not because they were released in a mass fashion-- it's most likely because you un-knowingly gave it out.

"A lot of people go online they'll do a survey, that gets your phone number out there, sometimes people go to home shows and register their phone number, people can sell it then, and that gets it out there," said Bob Mitchell, store manager at Cell Tech.

Mitchell says if you are getting tele-marketing calls, you can register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry, the same one already in force for home phones.

To do so, call 1-888-382-1222 or you can go to www.donotcall.gov

And contrary to some rumors, there is no deadline for adding cell phone numbers to the Do Not Call list.

 

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