Scammers have been making phone calls posing as representatives of the Canadian Do Not Call List. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the registry or ask consumers to verify their info. Of course, the callers are really trying to solicit personal information, which opens victims up to identity fraud.
How the Scam Works:
Someone calls you claiming to represent Canada’s National Do Not Call List. The registry “official” asks for personal information, such as name, address and Social Insurance Number. The scam has several variations. In one, the caller wants to verify that you are on the National Do Not Call Registry. In another, he/she claims to give you a chance to register your phone number.
Just hang up the phone; this situation is always a scam. Representatives from the registry will not call you. And sharing personal with the caller will just put you at risk for identity theft.
How to Protect Yourself from Scam Calls:
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- Don’t share your personal information if someone calls you claiming to represent the Do Not Call Registry.
- Do not call the scammers back.
- Remember that your participation in the National Do Not Call List does not expire. Do not listen to claims otherwise.
- If you want to add your number to the Do Not Call Registry, go to https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng. If you want to verify your number, do so via the registry’s website.