1 September 2010
Consumer alert: Telemarketers scamming Australians about the Do Not Call Register
Unscrupulous telemarketers are offering to list consumers’ phone numbers on the Do Not Call Register for a fee, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
‘The Do Not Call Register is a free service provided by the Australian Government,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman, who warned consumers not to provide any personal identification or financial details to telemarketers making these calls.
‘If you receive a call from someone offering to list your number on the Do Not Call Register for a fee, we recommend you get as much information as possible from the caller and lodge a complaint with us by calling 1300 792 958 or by logging on to www.donotcall.gov.au.’
Mr Chapman said the ACMA has received more than thirty complaints about these types of scams over the last month, although the actual number of scam calls being made is likely to be far higher.
Registrations on the Do Not Call Register last for five years, and registering a number is fast, free and easy – simply call 1300 792 958 or go to www.donotcall.gov.au.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Caroline Page, Do Not Call Register, on (03) 9963 6753, 0433 251 633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.