Scam artists target do-not-call list customers

Phone customers who have signed up with the national do-not-call list may have received calls from scam artists claiming they are state officials.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning state residents of a recent scam in which suspects call consumers who signed up on the list to keep telemarketers from calling.

The suspects claim to be from the Attorney General's Office and the Arizona FTC (Federal Trade Commission).

They give the customers a phony name, badge number and company.

The caller then instructs victims to state their name, address and phone number to verify their personal information before they receive a special security code.

The suspects claim this code will allow consumers to sue telemarketers for up to $11,000.

The caller then asks for the name and routing code of the victim's bank saying it is needed before they can release their security code.

The Kingman Police Department has not received any calls from potential victims locally as of yet, KPD Detective Dan Spivey said.

"No one from the Attorney General's Office is calling customers about the Do Not Call List," Goddard said.

"And there is no such thing as the Arizona Federal Trade Commission."

Goddard as well as local law enforcement warns potential victims never give out personal information to anyone over the phone unless you initiate the call and know the company you are dealing with.

Anyone contacted by a scam artist should get as much information as possible such as a call back number then contact the Attorney General's Office or the Federal Trade Commission.

FTC will handle complaints about telemarketers who call people on the do-not-call list.

A complaint can be made on the FTC Wed site at www.ftc.gov/donotcall.

The Attorney General's Office handles general consumer fraud complaints through its consumer information and complaints line toll free at 1-800-352-8431 or in Phoenix at 602-542-5763.