The General Optical Council has issued a news alert warning registrants of a scam call. The regulator explained that someone is calling registrants ‘on behalf of the GOC’ and trying to obtain personal contact information.
Following reports of the scam on Friday (17 February), the regulator confirmed an instance when the caller had given the name of Lisa from the ‘Clinical Standards Agency,’ calling from a London-based landline number ending 0803. It added that the caller had possibly stated that they were conducting a survey.
Warning registrants about these scam calls, the GOC said: “Please be aware that these individuals are not employed nor appointed by the GOC to make these calls, and we would strongly advise you not to provide any personal information. The GOC, nor those acting on our behalf, would ever ask for your personal information to run a survey.”
The GOC confirmed that it has reported the incident to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and to Action Fraud. It added: “We would recommend that if you have passed on any data or you are concerned about this matter, to contact the ICO on 0303 123 1113 to report the name of the company and any further details.