Re: Facebook “Do Not Call” viral hoax/scam: Interesting Question I Pose

Re: Facebook “Do Not Call” viral hoax/scam: Interesting Question I Pose

Imagine if within just a few hours’ time.. or even less… Facebook (or any “social media” website – or any licensed television/radio broadcaster, for that matter) suddenly, out of nowhere (or with PERFECT timing(?) INSTANTLY (or at least very rapidly) more or less ORDERED you (and everyone else) to, let’s say, immediately call their (in the example of the USA) state’s police station.

Or let’s simplify/localize even further:  Just plain 911.  Or any national number to call for, say, any emergency use.  Doesn’t have to be police or public.I saw another one of those “ALERT! SCARY!” posts on Facebook this morning.  So I checked it out.  What follows is the result of my mini-investigation, with sources on authenticated .gov and (including ftc.gov) servers.  I apologize for any accidental paraphrasing or inexact quote(s):

“Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls. To add your number to the Registry you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register, or go click on “Register a Phone Number” in the left column of this page. 

Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at 

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm    “

Source:

https://www.donotcall.gov/

[Authenticated by: DigiCert High-Assurance CA-3]

Ensures the identity of a remote computer
Proves your identity to a remote computer

CA Issuer Comment: “Any use of this Certificate constitutes acceptance of the DigiCert CP/CPS and the Relying Party Agreement which limit liability and are incorporated herein by reference.”

http://www.digicert.com/ssl-cps-repository.htm

===========

Do Not Call Registrations Permanent and Fees Telemarketers Pay to Access Registry Set
http://www.ftc.gov
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. More than 157 million phone numbers are on the National Do Not Call Registry.

[I would advise, just in case, and only if you know what you’re doing a little bit…. to go specify a secure socket by typing https://{subdomain}.{domainname}.{extension} ie. “https://ftc.gov” or if that does not work, know your subdomain server..  but obviously, “ftc.gov” (if you know what that MEANS) is significant.

This is how secure the FTC.GOV is – at least on their end:

8/1/2013 10:05
http://www.ftc.gov uses the following services:  
SITE NAME: http://www.ftc.gov
SSL CERTIFICATE 
STATUS: Valid (Feb 3, 2010 to Mar 12, 2014)
COMPANY/ 
ORGANIZATION:
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington
District of Columbia,  US
Encrypted Data Transmission This website can secure your private information using a SSL Certificate. Information exchanged with any address beginning with https is encrypted using SSL before transmission.
Identity Verified FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION has been verified as the owner or operator of the website located at http://www.ftc.gov. Official records confirm FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION as a valid business.
Malware Scan http://www.ftc.gov passed the malware scan on Aug 1, 2013 (UTC).
>> REPORT SEAL MISUSE
For the highest level of trust and security while visiting sites, make sure that the address (URL) of the site that you visit matches the address that you expect and that the address of this page begins with “https://trustsealinfo.verisign.com”.
 
>> LEARN MORE
This site chose the Norton Secured Seal to promote trust online with consumers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s