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Do Not Call Registry Scam: How It Works

The National Do Not Call Registry has been a great tool for stopping telemarketers in the United States, Canada, or Australia. In the United Kingdom it's called TPS (Telephone Preference Service) and is also free. In this article you'll find how the scam works, how to avoid it, as well as how to get registered yourself on these national platforms. 

By providing a registry for people fed up with intrusive dinner time calls to place their numbers on, these services are great - meaning telemarketers phoning people on this list are, in essence, violating the law. The registration is free and once you have registered your telephone number – your landline, cell or both – you stay on the registry until your number is no longer in service.

However, scammers just found a way to turn this into their advantage. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the Fake Do Not Call Registry scam:

Fake Do Not Call Registry Scam Video

This scam involves an email that has been circulated advising people that a new "National Cell Phone Do Not Call Registry" was recently launched. Be advised that the "new website" provided in the message is not a legitimate platform, but rather a trap for victims to provide their numbers.

In the United Kingdom, scammers make aggressive phone calls claiming to be TPS' reps. They ask for 50 Pounds to register you in the new TPS system, to avoid telemarketing calls - although it's free in real life.


Do Not Call Registry Scam: How To Avoid

Just being educated about the actual NDNC registry will help you avoid being taken advantage of by this scam. The only thing that will happen if you DO register with this "new cell phone" registry is you are likely to see an increase in telemarketing calls to your cell phone.

Here are the official registries in any of the four countries mentioned, in case you want to register on the real ones:

National Do Not Call Registry USA

National Do Not Call Registry Canada

National Do Not Call Registry Australia

Telephone Preference Service UK


Do Not Call Registry Scam: How To Report

If you believe you are a victim of this scam, you can report it on the link below:

Federal Trade Commission Report


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