Telemarketing Scam Warning

CDE warns not to give out personal information

By Rashi Saxena

A&E Editor

After receiving numerous calls from parents inquiring about calls that asked for personal information, the California Department of Education (CDE) issued a public warning about a potential telemarketing scam concerning the PSAT. On February 24, students at Irvington also received an email as a reminder to not give out any private information such as test scores or credit card numbers over the phone.

The caller identification shows that calls come from the State of California, according to an official news release on the CDE’s website. However, the CDE affirms that these calls do not come from any of their offices.

“We’re just very concerned that parents are revealing personal information about their families, and we want them to know the calls are not coming from us,” said Tina Jung, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “We never call parents and ask them for their personal information or credit card (numbers).”

According to Jung, the department does not have specific details on what the callers discuss or what they offer. In addition, the CDE has not been able to find out where these calls are originating from.

“People should never give out personal information over the phone, and they should be especially careful when asked for credit card numbers or test scores,” said senior Sanchala Sehgal. “Though I have not received any calls, I think everyone needs to be alert until we know this scam is over.”

While the police have been notified of the potential scam, anyone who receives these unsolicited calls should not reveal any information. Department officials urge anyone who has received a call to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, a government organization that works for consumer protection.