More scams, robocalls reported during shutdown

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Scammers and telemarketers are taking advantage of the partial government shutdown.

Both the Federal Communications Commission, which sets rules for telemarketers, and the Federal Trade Commission, which oversees the national Do Not Call registry, have been working with limited staff and cannot accept complaints.

John Sancenito, president of the Harrisburg-based security firm Information Network Associates, said scammers are becoming more brazen.

“Some of them are even referencing the government shutdown in their calls, saying that because of the government shutdown, they’re unable to file their tax return and asking for personal information,” Sancenito said.

There are ways to stop these scammers from ringing your phone, including paid apps like RoboKiller. You should also protect yourself by not providing any personal information or credit card numbers to an unsolicited caller.

Pennsylvania has its own Do Not Call list that is not affected by the shutdown.

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