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Consumer Warning: Beware of Unsolicited Calls for Personal Information

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Consumer Warning: Beware of Unsolicited Calls for Personal Information

DISB today issues this warning to District residents about the rise in unsolicited telephone calls from callers with 202 area codes seeking personal financial information.

Washington, DC (Sep. 13, 2011)—The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) today issues this warning to District residents about the rise in unsolicited telephone calls from callers with 202 area codes seeking personal financial information. Recently, several residents have received calls about grant awards by the federal government, and have been asked to give their personal information.

DISB warns all residents to be on the look-out for any entity (government or otherwise), or any individual claiming to offer any financial gains by asking for their  personal information such as credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers. Note that callers from legitimate agencies likely already have such information.  Therefore, DISB warns residents not to give out any personal financial information to a call they did not initiate.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is being targeted or harassed by telemarketing fraudsters, DISB suggests that you sign up your cell phone and landlines onto the Federal Trade Commissions’ National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov or calling 1-888-382-1222. This registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home; and you can file a complaint at the website if you do continue to receive these unwanted calls.  Furthermore, you may tell individual callers that you want to be on their “do not call” list.

Should you suspect you may have been defrauded, contact DISB at (202) 727-8000 or file a complaint online at www.disb.dc.gov.