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AG's Office Cites Rise in Telephone Marketing Scams

The Indiana Attorney General's office says there's been a surge in reported telephone scams.

That's why they're urging Hoosiers to sign up for the state's Do Not Call list.  The deadline to do so is this Tuesday.  Deputy Director of Consumer Protection Terry Tolliver cites a rise in the number of so called, "Rachel Calls." Those calls involve credit scams that claim to offer lower interest rates and other credit-related services for an upfront fee. 

Tolliver says if you get such calls and you're already on the Do Not Call list, the call is illegal.  The Attorney General's office has also received complaints of Caller ID Spoofing.  That's when scammers falsify their phone numbers to resemble local number calls that people are more likely to answer. 

The Attorney General's office has numerous pending lawsuits against such telemarketers.  Tolliver says they're also going after firms that gain access to phone lists and sell them.  He says consumers should ignore Caller ID numbers they don't recognize, don't press any numbers as advised by pre-recorded calls and remember that if you're already on the Do Not Call list, telemarketing calls that you get are likely to be scams.   To get on the state's Do Not Call list, visit IndianaConsumer.com or call 888-834-9969. 

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