Recently, Erica H. MacDonald, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota announced indictments against sixty people alleged to be operating a nationwide fraudulent telemarketing scheme that focused on scamming senior citizens and defrauded them out of more than 300 million dollars. According to Attorney MacDonald, the scam had been operating in fourteen states and two Canadian provinces for twenty years. According to Attorney MacDonald, the scammers called unsuspecting victims and lured them into paying for expensive magazine subscriptions, “renewing” subscriptions they never subscribed to previously, and paying money owed on subscriptions their victims never had purchased. One victim was scammed out of more than $60,000.
The best way to protect yourself and members of your family, particularly older family members, is to enroll in the federal Do Not Call List. When you register your phone number with the Do Not Call list it becomes illegal for telemarketers to contact you by phone. The Do Not Call list does not apply to charities so you still may be contacted by charities even if you have registered for the Do Not Call list. However, when you receive a call from someone purporting to be representing a charity, you can never be sure who is really calling so you should never give your credit card number to someone who calls you allegedly from a charity. If you are interested in a particular charity, contact the charity directly to make your contribution.
Here is the link to take you to the Federal Do Not Call list where you can register your phone. https://www.donotcall.gov/
If you are registered for the Do Not Call list and you do receive a call from a telemarketer, you can be confident that the call is a scam because no legitimate telemarketer would call you if you are enrolled in the Do Not Call list.
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