Victory State Bank: ‘Do-Not-Call’ List E-Mail is a Hoax
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Staten Islanders are not exempt from being targets of online scams and hoaxes.
One scam making the rounds is an e-mail claiming that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database.
Victory State Bank wants you know the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says this is not the case.
According to FTC, telemarketing to cell phone numbers has always been illegal in most cases and will continue to be so.
In response to recent e-mail campaigns urging consumers to place their cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, the FTC and Federal Communications Commission have issued an advisory to give consumers the facts.
According to the advisory, one e-mail making the rounds says:
"JUST A REMINDER...In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS... To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888/382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. PASS THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS..."
Another version claims:
"The Federal Trade Commission has set up a "do not call" list. It is called a cell phone registry. To be included on the "do not call" list, you must call from the number you wish to register."
Here's what you need to know about the National Do Not Call Registry program:
- FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.
- The federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registry. Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry - the same Registry consumers use to register their land lines -- either online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number they wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up and are active for five years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.
- Business-to-business calls are not covered under the Registry.
About Victory State Bank:
VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com .