INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said there has been an increase in reported phone scams and as a reminder the Do Not Call deadline is quickly approaching.
Tuesday is next deadline to sign up for Indiana’s Do Not Call list. Zoeller said there has been an increase in complaints against telephone credit scams, often referred to as “Rachel Calls,” which claim to offer lower interest rates and other credit-related services for an up-front fee.
“If your number is registered on the Do Not Call list and you receive a solicitation call, it is a violation of our law and you should assume it’s a scam and hang up immediately,” Zoeller told News 18 in a release.
The Attorney General’s Office has also received complaints of Caller ID spoofing, where a caller falsifies their phone number to mimic a local number. They said this practice can trick consumers into answering calls because they think it’s someone they know.
“We have filed a number of lawsuits against known telemarketers, but advancing technology has given criminals new tools to mislead and harm consumers,” Zoeller continued in the release. “The best protection against these scams is to know the warning signs and stay alert.”
The following tips can offer protection against telephone privacy scams:
- If you don’t recognize the Caller ID number, consider letting the call go to voice mail.
- If the call is prerecorded, don’t press any numbers.
- If your number is on the Do Not Call list, be aware that any telemarketing call you get may be a scam.
The next quarterly deadline for Do Not Call registry is Tuesday, Aug. 19. Indiana residents can register their residential landline, cellphone, VOIP or prepaid wireless numbers. To sign up call 888-834-9969 or register online here.