This cell phone hoax list includes in number 10,
* You get a message warning you that cell phone companies will soon be
releasing all mobile numbers to telemarketers and that to avoid them you
must add your number to the "do not call" registry. 

Sometimes, this is just a bit of mischief; other times they ask you to
call a bogus number for which you will be charged an excessive fee. 

Fact is, cell phone numbers are not publicly available for marketing in
this way.

This very message was sent out as an urgent notice to our entire
district staff by a person in our business office who handles our phone
system.  When I told her it was a hoax, it seemed she didn't believe me,
saying that she got the message from her contact at Verizon!  This was
even after I showed her on the Federal Do Not Call List website a
warning about this very hoax.  The number this particular number warned
you against calling was the official number that adds a number to the
DNC list.  (As an aside, there is no harm in adding a cell phone number
to the DNC list, it's just not really necessary.)

Steve Barner
South Burlington High School

-----Original Message-----
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Cavrak
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 4:56 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Any ideas what's up with this?

Its a scam of some sort ...

(1) all of the cell phones I've had have had a setting which told me
what it's number was. They also have embedded IDs. All a finder has to
do is take the cellphone to any local phone store, and ask them to
return it. The phone companies have enough information to comply; though
their customer service may be lacking. (Apple has implemented a "find my
iPhone" feature; I'd suspect many other carriers can do the

(2) a google search for "lost cell phone scam" bring up the following
list of 10 top scams !

This does, as was suggested, sound like a "cloning" scam. I'd suggest
the "clone" owner talk to the phone company to get a phone change ...

Quoting Neil Manders <[log in to unmask]>:

> I got a call from some last night who said that he found a cell phone 
> and it had my number in it. (I don't own a cell phone but my kids do).

> He was calling from Eugene Or. where the only relatives we have there 
> are my son and his wife. He listed off a bunch of names in the 
> contacts and they indeed matched known contacts within our family 
> (other daughters, parents, an aunt etc.  I gave him my son's number to

> call since I thought it might be his wife's phone (due to some of the
contacts were leaning her way).
> Shortly thereafter, I got a call from my daughter-in-law who the 
> finder had talk to and she confirmed that the contacts appeared to be 
> a combination of both her phone and her husband's phone (my son). they

> have separate phones and separate numbers.

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