ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Cell phones will now be able to get on Missouri’s No-Call List.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will sign a bill into law on Thursday morning that augments the list to include cell phones, meaning solicitation calls and text messages will be banned.
Attorney General Chris Koster says as soon as the bill is signed, people can sign up for the list on the Attorney General’s web page.
Koster says right now, 1.8 million people are on the No-Call list, and in the past 2.3 million people have tried to put their cell numbers on the list. He says his staff has been working on making sure the web site will be able to handle that many numbers being added. He says to expect it to be up and running at about 10 am.
Koster says this bill will protect people from scam text messages like the one currently cropping up in Missouri. In this scam, a text message comes in promising a free gift card if users click on a link to an outside web page. When that link is clicked, it opens a virus on the cell phone that allows hackers to get personal information from the device.