Indiana Do Not Call registry deadline looms May 21

State: 5,000 telemarketing complaints received

INDIANAPOLIS - Want to stop the incessant phone calls from telemarketers? Tuesday is the next deadline for the Indiana Do Not Call registry.

The state attorney general's office said it has received more than 5,000 complaints about telemarketing calls from live operators or prerecorded messages since January.

One scam includes an automated call offering to lower consumers' credit card interest rates. The scam doesn't provide any service.

Another automated call mentions an FBI report on the number of home break-ins and offers a "free" home security system.

The caller will take information and sell it to a for-profit home security company.

Other consumers have received calls from a live operator who says the consumer has won a large sum of money and can claim it by paying a fee.

"Illegitimate businesses and scammers skirt the law by trying to deceive consumers with phony sales pitches," Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. "That's why if you are on the Do Not Call list and receive a sales call or text message, you can count on it being a scam."

Consumers who have already registered don't need to do so again. To sign up or confirm a number is already on the list, go to indianaconsumer.com or call 888-834-9969.
 

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