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 same.) (2) a google search for "lost cell phone scam" bring up the following list of 10 top scams ! http://www.scambusters.org/cellphone.html 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. > ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ This email may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If this email contains confidential and/or privileged health or student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA or HIPAA, federal regulations require that you destroy this email without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone. -- This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, ClamAV and Bitdefender and is believed to be clean.