Many people don't wish to speak to a telemarketer, but some will find a sales pitch too good to turn down. Unfortunately, they might not realize that some telemarketers do not represent a legitimate company or offer. Instead, the person calling intends to deceive a Florida victim out of his or her money. Customers should be aware of the potential for fraud to avoid losing their funds.
Telemarketing scams cast a wide net
Telemarketing scams take many forms, and a common one involves someone claiming to be from a well-known technology corporation claiming that they know the person's computer has a virus. The telemarketer then solicits a cure at a price. People hand over their credit card or other account information only to lose money.
Other times, a telemarketer may sell someone a product that never arrives. A caller may claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service and con someone into providing sensitive personal information, including a social security number.
People should be alert to common scams, and reading up on them may provide insights on how to avoid suffering any losses. Signing up to the Do Not Call registry or subscribing to an identity theft service may also be helpful.
Accusations of fraud
Some companies might face claims regarding white-collar crimes, but they might not be guilty of any outright fraud. An entrepreneur might make a product available for sale, even when the supply has not arrived from the manufacturer or warehouse. The buyer may claim fraud when the product does not arrive at the customer's home.
Those accused of telemarketing fraud may address the charges by providing evidence that shows no intention to defraud anyone. A defense could focus on law enforcement misconduct if such behavior occurred and might make a prosecutor's evidence inadmissible.