Consumer Watch: 'Do not call registry' scam

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 6:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Scammers are making phone calls posing as representatives of the national "do not call registry." If you get a call from someone claiming to represent the national "do not call registry" just hang up the phone--it's that simple, it's a scam.

The Better Business Bureau recently released a warning after a series of complaints from consumers. A caller claiming to be from the national "do not call registry" asks consumers to sign up, or to verify their information. The caller is really just trying to solicit personal information like name, address, and social security number which opens victims up to identity fraud.

Here's how to protect yourself:

  • Never share personal information if someone calls you
  • Don't call the scammers back at a number they provide, call the registry directly at 888-382-1222
  • If you do want to add your number to the registry, call that number or go to donotcall.gov and do it online.
  • Remember your participation in the national "do not call registry" does not expire and representatives from the registry will not call you.

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