HAGERSTOWN - The unlisted telephone numbers of nearly 13,000 people were printed in the Washington County Phone Book after Verizon inadvertently sold the information to the phone book publisher, a Verizon spokesman said.
Harry Mitchell, Verizon director of media relations, said Friday that Verizon was trying to determine how about 12,500 unlisted numbers and addresses, primarily of Washington County residents, were printed in the phone book published by Ogden Directories Inc.
"Verizon accepts responsibility," Mitchell said. "We certainly apologize to those customers whose numbers were published. ... We're taking accountability for that."
Mitchell said Verizon started calling customers Friday to tell them about the mistake.
Verizon will change the published numbers for free and will for a one-year period reimburse the $1.89 monthly cost of having an unlisted number, Mitchell said.