ROANOKE–If you get a call from someone claiming to be a representative of the National Do Not Call Registry, you may want to think twice about sharing your information with the person on the line. Scammers are once again using this plot to steal personal and banking information, says the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
In a scam that has been around about as long as the registry itself, scammers are once again calling consumers in order to “register your phone number.” Two main versions of this particular scam have been reported. In one, scammers ask for personal information, such as names, addresses, and social security numbers. In another, scammers try to charge a fee in order for consumers to join the registry.
“The National Do Not Call Registry is a completely free service offered by the Federal Government,” said Julie Wheeler, president and CEO of the BBB Serving Western Virginia. “Government officials will never call you in order to register your phone number.”
Scammers may also claim the consumer’s phone number with the Do Not Call Registry has expired, but participation with the service does not expire. Consumers are encouraged to register with the FTC directly by going to www.DoNotCall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222.
The BBB has the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
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