The Texas Department of Insurance is urging comsumers to take caution and avoid calls from a group claiming to be the "Consumer Insurance Association".

Texas Department of Insurance head of Fraud Unit, Chris Davis, said "This could be an attempt to get you to reveal personal information for identity theft". TDI's Fraud Unit warns that the caller may mention the names of well-known insurance companies, and the phone number may originate from any state.

The "Consumer Insurance Association" is not a licensed insurance company or agency in Texas according to a memo sent out by the department.

Consumers are urged not to ever give out personal information until verifying who is calling. If you receive a call to lower your insurance costs it is advised to ask for the agent's Texas insurance license number.

You can verify licensed agents on the Texas Department of Insurance website or by calling the TDI Help Line at 1-800-252-3439 to verify the status of a company.