On Your Side Alert: Do Not Call Registry Scam

There is a warning that the next phone call you receive may be a scam call. The Better Business Bureau is warning that crooks are making calls claiming to be with The National Do Not Call Registry.

If you're trying to stop those annoying telemarketing calls, chances are, you've ended up on The National Do Not Call Registry website. It's the place you go to register your phone number to stop or limit the calls you don't want. Crooks are aware of the site and now they are calling consumers, claiming they are with the registry.

The criminals tell callers they can sign them up for the service.  The call is not coming from the Federal Trade Commission, which operates the site. We've learned that the callers are after your private information. If you fall for the trick, you could be the victim of identity theft.

If you get one of these calls, hang up and report it to the FTC. You can file a complaint at FTC.gov. Keep in mind, the organization does not call requesting you to sign up for The Do Not Call Registry and will not call you requesting personal information. You can add your number to the registry by calling 888-382-1222 or visiting the official website and clicking on "Register a Phone Number."

Also keep in mind, the service is free. Any offers that cost you money, is a red flag of a scam. For any information or questions, don't believe any calls or emails, just go to the site. The BBB says you may also get scam emails claiming to be from The Do Not Call Registry, its advice, hit delete.

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