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Fraudulent telemarketers prey on vulnerable consumers with certain characteristics. Unfortunately, the most common victims are the elderly and immigrants, who in worst cases may lose their life savings. But anyone without knowledge and due diligence can fall prey.


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Some Startling Statistics

  • The FBI estimates there are 14,000 illegal sales operations bilking consumers in the United States every day.

  • The National Association of Attorneys General estimates that although 5,000,000 Americans are defrauded by telemarketers every year, only one of five of them report the fraud, usually because they are too embarrassed.

  • Americans lose $40 billion a year to fraudulent telemarketers according to the National Fraud Information Center. Investment scams alone amount to losses of $1 million an hour!

  • Charities make more money from selling your name and number to the other telemarketing companies than from the donations they collect from calling.

  • On average, only 24% of what you donate as a result of a telemarketing call will actually get to the charity on whose behalf the solicitation is made. The telemarketing company hired to make the call gets the rest.

  • 56% of the people targeted by telemarketers are 50 or older.

  • Fraudulent telemarketers prey on vulnerable consumers with certain characteristics. Unfortunately, the most common victims are the elderly and immigrants, who in worst cases may lose their life savings. But anyone without knowledge and due diligence can fall prey.

  • The same telemarketer will often call an elderly person day after day, building a relationship with the target, until he/she thinks a friend, not a stranger, is trying to sell him/her something.

  • 92% of the adults in the United States have reported receiving fraudulent telephone offers.


Congressional Findings and Laws Concerning Telemarketing and Faxing

Links to Valuable Resources

    C.A.T.S. Californians Against Telephone Solicitation - California consumer advocate Bob Arkow offers free information and hands-on experience defeating unwanted telemarketing.
     
    Consumer Action A non-profit, membership-based organization to serve consumers nationwide by advancing consumer rights, publishing educational materials, and advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers.
     
    Consumer World A public service, non-commercial guide cataloging over 2000 of the most useful consumer resources
       
    FCC Federal Communications Commission - Unwanted Telephone Marketing Calls - Infomation on telemarketing rules and procedures
       
    FCIC Federal Consumer Information Center
     
    FTC Federal Trade Commission - Working for consumer protection and a competative marketplace. Complaints may also be submitted online at this site
     
    FTC - Do Not Call Registry Federal Trade Commission - Information on the proposed National "Do Not Call" Registry.
       
    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse A nonprofit consumer education, research, and advocacy program. Their publications empower you to take action to control your personal information by providing practical tips on privacy protection
       
    Junk Fax.org Dedicated to stopping junk faxes
       
    My ID Fix Identity theft prevention and victim assistance center
       
    National Fraud Information Center Telemarketing Fraud Statistics Report

 

Resources for Telemarketers

  • Do Not Call List Protection, Inc. - Automatic "DO NOT CALL" List Compliance Solutions for Call Centers and Businesses. Includes: "DO NOT CALL" List Scrubbing, 1-800 "DO NOT CALL" Compliance, Quick Drag-N'-Drop Compliance and Special Automatic Dialer "DO NOT CALL" Compliance programs.

 

 
   


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