Don't be a victim of telemarketing fraud
Telemarketing fraud - Don't be a victim!
Does your name appear on a "sucker list?" These lists contain information
about people who have provided valuable personal information to previous telemarketing solicitations.
The lists are bought, sold and traded by scam artists who want your information
and your money!
Seniors are especially targeted by unscrupulous sales marketers for
products and services.They want your valuable information, especially
your credit card, birth date, social security number, and address.
Older women living aloneare especially targeted by scam artists.
They play upon an older person's trust and politeness.
Often, callers inform the listener that he/she has won a foreign lottery or
that Social Security needs bank account information for their files.
Social Security employees NEVER call individuals for information.
You can protect yourself:
1) Do NOT give your credit card, checking account or Social Security number
to anyone who calls you. Call 1-800-772-1213 if you need direct Social
2) Don't pay for something to receive a "free" gift or sweepstakes.
3) Do not pay anyone to recover money for you for a "fee."
4) Call the Better Business Bureau, local consumer protection agency,
or the State Attorney General's Office, before you agree to send money.
Another source of information is the
OIG (Office of Inspector General). Their Hotline number is 1-800-269-0271.
A Public Fraud Reporting form is available online at OIG's Web site: www.socialsecurity.lgov/oig.
PUT YOUR NAME ON THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY, too! It is free.
or 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you wish you register.
Do it for your cell phone, too!