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Some Tips to Avoid Telemarketing Fraud:
It's very difficult to get your money back if you've been cheated over the phone. Before you buy anything by telephone, remember:
Don't buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply.
Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone whose financial advice you trust to review them. But, unfortunately, beware -- not everything written down is true.
Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state Attorney General, the National Fraud Information Center, or other watchdog groups. Unfortunately, not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations.
Obtain a salesperson's name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business. Some con artists give out false names, telephone numbers, addresses, and business license numbers. Verify the accuracy of these items.
Before you give money to a charity or make an investment, find out what percentage of the money is paid in commissions and what percentage actually goes to the charity or investment.
Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. "What guarantee do I really have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?"
You must not be asked to pay in advance for services. Pay services only after they are delivered.
Some con artists will send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you. In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached.
Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to make a snap decision.
Don't pay for a "free prize." If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she is violating federal law.
Before you receive your next sales pitch, decide what your limits are -- the kinds of financial information you will and won't give out on the telephone.
It's never rude to wait and think about an offer. Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member, or financial advisor.
Never respond to an offer you don't understand thoroughly.
Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
Your personal information is often brokered to telemarketers through third parties.
If you have information about a fraud report it to state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies.
cab
 Jun 29th, 2010
I just finished dealing with 321-872-3219 for the exact same thing. And just like 321-872-3219 - I am going to file a complaint on 402-892-0457 with the FCC, with the do not call registry, and I am going to send a letter to each state attorney and report each telephone number that constantly calls my phone number with their lies... These people are scam artist and are wasting my time!!!! NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!028920457
cab
 Jun 29th, 2010
these people are relentless and scam artist.
call back on a landline and the number rings and rings.
go to the Do Not Call registry website and file a complaint.
this company is trying to skirt around the law by calling claiming that they are owed money,
and the only way to shut them down is to continually report them over and over and over again.
They are not skirting around the law, they are breaking the law.
cab
 Jun 23rd, 2010
Recently got a call from them saying it was a free trial so i did it , realizing now its not a good idea i did call them back to cancel and did get an answer, and they gave me a cancel confirmation number as well but i am going to go and change my debit card account number so to prevent any charges from them.
Lou
 Jun 23rd, 2010
This is a SCAM when trying to call this number back, it comes up as not in service. The call was from a company inquiring information about a monthly magazine subscription that they claim that I pay for monthly with a Visa card. I do not subscribe to any magazines or make a monthly payment using a Visa card. They could not tell me the magazine title or the date of the last charge that was supposedly made to my Visa. Over a year ago, I ordered something using a Visa card and my Blackberry phone number. That company has obviously sold my call/order information to telemarketers in Florida. I have listed the Blackberry number on a DO NOT CALL list and always tell the telemarketers to remove my number from their call list.
sk
 Jun 16th, 2010
Company inquiring information about a monthly subscription that they claim that I pay for monthly but I do not have a monthly subscription that have to pay for monthly. When I asked them for the name of the subscription they claim that they do not have the information and that they are conducting business for a company which sent me a subscription packet.
nc
 Apr 21st, 2010

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