Unscrupulous Telemarketers

Fall 1999 CSANews Issue 33  |  Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.Back to list

If you suspect that unscrupulous telemarketers are targeting a relative or friend, watch for the following signs:
  • A marked increase in the amount of mail with too-good-to-be-true offers
  • Frequent calls offering get-rich-quick schemes or valuable awards, or numerous calls for donations to unfamiliar charities
  • A sudden inability to pay normal bills
  • Requests for loans or cash
  • Banking records that show cheques made payable to unfamiliar companies
  • Secretive behaviour regarding phone calls.
If you suspect that someone you know has fallen prey to a deceptive telemarketer, don't criticize them for being naïve. Encourage that person to share their concerns with you about unsolicited calls or any new business or charitable dealings. Assure them that it is not rude to hang up on suspicious calls. Keep in mind that criminal telemarketers are relentless in hounding people some victims report receiving five or more calls a day, wearing down their resistance. Once a person has succumbed to this ruthless fraud, their name and number will likely go on a 'sucker list', which is sold by one crook to another.

Report any suspicious calls to PhoneBusters, 1-888-495-8501 or visit their Web site: www.phonebusters.com.