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How to avoid a telemarketing scam
Do not buy from an unfamiliar company – If you are unfamiliar with company or organization, ask that they send you information about products or services it offers. The Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau are great resources to check a company’s licensing and consumer complaint record.
Do not be pressured into a decision – Even if offer being presented to you has a time limit, don’t give in to high-pressure tactic unless you are comfortable with company and offer. If you accept an offer because it is a “One time deal” or your “Last chance,” you are most likely to be left holding a bill.
Do not give out your credit card, social security number, checking account number or other personal information to unfamiliar companies. You would be surprised how little information scam artists need to make unauthorized charges or alter your financial identity.
Do put your name on “do not call” list to prevent a telemarketer from calling you again. Go to this link http://www.donotcall.gov/ to add your number to National do not call list.
Do keep a list of a company’s name and date you requested to be put on its “do not call” list. Keep a list of those names and report telemarketers that continue to call you.
Do exercise your right to end a conversation with an individual representing an unfamiliar company or using pushy tactics to sell you a service or product.
Who to call for help:
If an offer sounds suspicious, or if you have been victimized by a fraudulent telemarketer, there are resources available to help you.
National Fraud Information Center 1-800-876-7060 (toll free)
Federal Communications Commission 1-888-225-5322 (toll free)
Federal Trade Commission 1-877-382-4357 (toll free)
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