EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Nobody likes telemarketers calling their homes, interrupting their dinners and badgering them in an attempt to sell a product. But people who call and claim they're from the Do Not Call registry are even worse, says Call 12 for Action reporter Susan Hogan.
Hogan joined The Rhode Show Thursday morning to give a warning about a new telephone scheme that seems to be sweeping the country. Bogus callers say they're from the federal Do Not Call registry, asking unsuspecting people if they'd like to be placed on a list that would prevent them from being bothered by those pesky telemarketers.
However, according to the actual Do Not Call registry representatives with the federal government, they never contact callers under any circumstance. The bogus callers are using the registry to convince victims to share their personal information, which open them up to identity fraud.
So how do we protect ourselves?
Hogan says to never share your personal information with anyone and never call back someone who called you saying they're from the registry. If you are already on the national Do Not Call list, remember that there is no expiration date on that list. Furthermore, nobody from the registry will ever contact you.
If you'd like to add your name to the registry, visit donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222 from the phone number you'd like to register.
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