OAKLAND, Calif. — Better Business Bureau is warning that scammers are making phone calls posing as representatives of the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the registry or ask consumers to verify their info. The callers are really trying to solicit personal information, which opens victims up to identity fraud.

How the scam works: Someone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry, the FTC or Canada's National Do Not Call List. The registry “official” asks for personal information, such as name, address and Social Security 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, officials say; this situation is always a scam. Representatives from the registry will never call you. Sharing personal with the caller will put you at risk for identity theft.

To protect yourself, don't share your personal information if someone calls you claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and do not call scammers back.

Remember that participation in the National Do Not Call Registry does not expire. If you want to add your number to the Do Not Call Registry, go to Donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register. For frequently asked questions about the Do Not Call Registry, or to verify your number is registered, check their website.

Canadians have their own National Do Not Call List. The Canadian website is: lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/insnum- regnum-eng.

To find out more about scams, check out the new Better Business Bureau Scam Stopper, bbb.org/ scam-stopper. The Golden Gate Better Business Bureau, Inc. (Northern Calif.) is located at 1000 Broadway, Suite 625, Oakland, CA 94607

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