Friday, February 21, 2014

California Department of Education warns of potential scam SAT calls

The California Department of Education (CDE) has received information about a possible telemarketing scam and is warning the public not to share any personal information on the telephone with unsolicited callers.

Concerned citizens have reported they've received calls from people claiming to be from the CDE about the Preliminary SAT. The PSAT  gives students firsthand practice for the college entrance examination. The caller asks for personal information, credit card numbers, and more. The caller ID seems to show the call is coming from the State of California or the main telephone line of the CDE.

These calls do not come from the CDE, officials at the agency say.

The CDE has contacted the proper law enforcement agencies to look into this potential scam. If you receive such a call, do not answer any questions and hang up immediately. You may also file a complaint online directly with the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant, also in Spanish.

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