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Bell Atlantic Warns Consumers:
Telemarketers Making False Claims in Vermont
August 28, 1997
Burlington, VT -- It seems that everyone receives calls from
telemarketers these days. But Bell Atlantic (formerly NYNEX)
is warning consumers about companies who misrepresent themselves
when they call. At least one company calling consumers in Vermont
is falsely claiming to be calling on behalf of NYNEX or Bell
Atlantic, encouraging them to change their long distance carrier.
Bell Atlantic wants consumers to know that we do not yet provide
interstate long distance service in Vermont. Bell Atlantic is
working with federal and state regulators to be able to provide
long distance service in the near future. However, we are not
currently calling customers asking them to select or change to
any specific long distance company.
Most telemarketers represent themselves and their products
honestly -- we ourselves use telemarketing to bring new products
and services to our customers. But consumers who receive calls
from any telemarketer should always exercise caution. Feel free
to ask questions about exactly who is calling and what they are
selling. If you are uncertain about who is calling, ask if you
can call them back. Reputable firms will welcome this type of
Bell Atlantic suggests that consumers ask to see offers in writing
and read the fine print before signing any agreements or making
any changes to their telephone service. And finally, consumers
should check the monthly phone bill for company names and charges
to be sure they are correct.