Area Code 3xx

Area Code State
301 Maryland
302 Delaware
303 Colorado
304 West Virginia
305 Florida
306 Saskatchewan
307 Wyoming
308 Nebraska
309 Illinois
310 California
312 Illinois
313 Michigan
314 Missouri
315 New York
316 Kansas
317 Indiana
318 Louisiana
319 Iowa
320 Minnesota
321 Florida
323 California
325 Texas
330 Ohio
331 Illinois
334 Alabama
336 North Carolina
337 Louisiana
339 Massachusetts
340 Virgin Islands
347 New York
351 Massachusetts
352 Florida
360 Washington
361 Texas
386 Florida

Area Code 2xx

Area Code State
201 New Jersey
202 District Of Columbia
203 Connecticut
204 Manitoba
205 Alabama
206 Washington
207 Maine
208 Idaho
209 California
210 Texas
212 New York
213 California
214 Texas
215 Pennsylvania
216 Ohio
217 Illinois
218 Minnesota
219 Indiana
224 Illinois
225 Louisiana
226 Ontario
228 Mississippi
229 Georgia
231 Michigan
234 Ohio
239 Florida
240 Maryland
248 Michigan
250 British Columbia, Baja California
251 Alabama
252 North Carolina
253 Washington
254 Texas
256 Alabama
260 Indiana
262 Wisconsin
267 Pennsylvania
269 Michigan
270 Kentucky
276 Virginia
281 Texas
289 Ontario

Area Code 9xx

Area Code State
901 Tennessee
902 Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia
903 Texas
904 Florida
905 Ontario
906 Michigan
907 Alaska
908 New Jersey
909 California
910 North Carolina
912 Georgia
913 Kansas
914 New York
915 Texas
916 California
917 New York
918 Oklahoma
919 North Carolina
920 Wisconsin
925 California
928 Arizona
931 Tennessee
936 Texas
937 Ohio
939 Puerto Rico
940 Texas
941 Florida
947 Michigan
949 California
951 California
952 Minnesota
954 Florida
956 Texas
970 Colorado
971 Oregon
972 Texas
973 New Jersey
978 Massachusetts
979 Texas
980 North Carolina
985 Louisiana
989 Michigan

Telemarketers Offering Extended Automobile Warranties

Verizon Wireless Files Lawsuit To Stop Telemarketers Offering Extended Automobile Warranties

03/26/2008

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless said today it has filed a lawsuit to stop unknown telemarketers from calling its customers and employees with an offer of an extended car warranty. The lawsuit, filed in New Jersey Superior Court, alleges the telemarketers illegally used an autodialer to reach Verizon Wireless customers and used “spoofing” techniques to mask the origin of the calls.

The lawsuit alleges that Caller ID showed calls were made from a variety of numbers with 281, 614, 801, and 562 area codes. But, when Verizon Wireless customers and employees attempted to call the numbers found on Caller ID, they generally heard a fast busy signal, indicating a non-working number.

“Telemarketers are using increasingly sophisticated methods, such as illegal autodialing, to harass our customers,” said Steven E. Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel of Verizon Wireless. “Whatever the method, these unlawful telemarketing calls are an annoyance to our customers and invade their privacy, and we will continue to use every weapon in our legal arsenal to stop this activity and protect our customers.”

In the lawsuit, Verizon Wireless says that, beginning in January 2008, more than 2 million of its customers and employees received calls on their wireless telephones with a pre-recorded voice message indicating that the recipient’s car warranty was about to expire, and encouraging them to press “1” for more information. When a recipient presses “1”, he or she is connected to a person who asks for the make and model of the car. However, if the recipient asks for information about the company offering the policy, the representative simply hangs up and ends the call.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which makes it illegal to use an autodialer to make calls to wireless phones, as well as state fraud and privacy laws. By filing the lawsuit, Verizon Wireless will be able to use the discovery process to help identify the currently unknown telemarketers, and to get them to halt their practices.

Verizon Wireless’ record of protecting customer privacy puts the company at the forefront of the U.S. wireless industry. Over the past several years, Verizon Wireless has won permanent injunctions against individuals and companies that have engaged in illegal telemarketing and text message spamming to Verizon Wireless customers, and against those who have attempted to obtain information about Verizon Wireless customers to sell to third parties.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Government Sues Dish Network for Telemarketing

Federal officials and four states Wednesday filed suit against satellite-TV service Dish Network, saying that “numerous” consumers on the national do-not-call list were called on its behalf in violation of the law.

The suit was filed in federal court in Illinois by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission against Dish Network LLC, a unit of Dish Network Corp. The attorneys general of California, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina joined in the complaint.

Also sued were two companies identified as Dish Network dealers, Vision Quest LLC and New Edge Satellite Inc. Those suits were filed in federal court in Michigan.

Englewood, Colo.-based Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) disputed the allegations against it, saying it is in compliance with “do-not-call” laws.

“We look forward to resolving these differences of opinion through the judicial process,” the company said in a statement Wednedsay.

The federal complaint alleges that Dish Network, “directly and through its authorized dealers,” called customers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

The complaint also alleged that the company violated federal telemarketing rules by assisting its authorized dealers in marketing Dish Network services via automatic “robocalls” to potential customers.

“Since the National Do Not Call Registry was launched, it has been enormously effective at protecting millions of Americans from unwanted telemarketing calls at home,” Eileen Harrington, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement Wednesday. “But because a few bad actors still don’t get it, we want to make it crystal clear. If you call consumers whose numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry, you’re breaking the law. If your authorized dealers call consumers whose numbers are on the registry, you’re breaking the law. Either way, we will protect the privacy of American consumers and we will hold you accountable.”

The government is seeking unspecified civil penalties. It also wants an injunction against Dish Network barring it from violating do-not-call and telemarketing laws and requiring it to monitor its dealers’ compliance.

In its statement, Dish Network said it should not be “held responsible for ‘do-not-call’ violations by independent retailers.” It said the FTC “is equating merely doing business with an independent retailer to ‘causing’ or ‘assisting and facilitating’ violations by that retailer, which creates a strict liability standard that does not exist in the law and was not intended by Congress.”

The state attorneys general made separate allegations in the complaint accusing Dish Network of violating their state laws.

Last year, federal officials sued two other Dish Network dealers — Planet Earth Satellite Inc., doing business as Teichert Marketing; and Star Satellite LLC, doing business as Tenaya Marketing. Those companies settled the complaints against them for a combined $95,000.

Dish Network serves about 13.7 million satellite-TV customers.

Verizon Sues Velveteen Rabbit Telemarketers

Verizon has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ, against telemarketers making illegal calls to it’s cellular subscribes. This time Verizon has launched the lawsuit against a telemarketer promoting the Velveteen Rabbit Movie by Feature Films for Families, Inc. On February 6th, almost 10,000 calls were made from a single caller ID number between 7PM and 8PM yielding an average of one call every .36 seconds. Calls were made from Caller IDs including: 917-210-4609, 617-245-9601, 435-787-9018, 626-551-3308.

Verizon’s lawsuit alleges violations of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which makes it illegal for a telemarketer to use an autodialer to make calls to wireless phones. Verizon also immediately filed an injunction and won against Feature Films for Families, to cease the calls.

In a press release by Verizon, Steven Zipperstein, Verizon Vice President and General Counsel notes: “Telemarketers continue to harass our customers and impinge on their privacy, often using illegal methods including autodialers… Whatever their methods and whatever their product, these unlawful telemarketing calls are an annoyance to our customers and invade their privacy,” he added.

Matthew Cooper, general counsel for Feature Films for Families, noted that “We believe the campaign complied with all applicable federal and state laws,” Cooper said. “The intention was to get the word out on this wonderful family film. We certainly apologize for any concerns or inconvenience it may have caused.”

3/24/2009

Verizon settles lawsuit against (Velveteen Rabbit Movie by) Feature Films for Families Inc. based in Murray, Utah.

Verizon claimed that 500,000 calls made to Verizon Wireless customers and employees over 10 days (33 calls a second) in early February were illegal. Verizon won a injunction in U.S. District Court New Jersey to prevent Feature Films for Families Inc. from making calls to it’s subscribers in the future.

As part of the settlement the telemarketing company has agreed to pay $25000 USD to the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, TX.