Telemarketing scams have been around for a very long time and are becoming more and more sophisticated.
A person will get a “cold-call” from a telemarketer that claims he is selling internet services.
Many of these calls come when you are busy or not willing to spend the time talking on the phone, so you will tell the person to mail you the information.
The following month you find you have received a $29.95 charge on your telephone bill for the GoInternet services you never ordered.
GoInternet telemarketers would phone individuals, nonprofits, small-business owners, recording the calls.
They would ask questions during their pitch that were designed to produce the answer “yes”, such as would the consumer consent to receive information mailed to you explaining the company services.
In the call the scammer will ask you your name, and if you say yes, GoInernet would then edit the recordings to make it sound like you said yes to have monthly charges appear on your phone bill.
These tapes served as the proof needed that charges were authorized if the customer complained later to the telephone company.
The company mails “welcome packets” to the victims and made them intentionally look like junk mail so they were thrown away by most people who received them.
The victims never saw the legally required disclosure of the enrollment including the notice that they had only 15 days to cancel their “service” too prevent future monthly charges, because the packets had been thrown away.
GoInternet targeted primarily small businesses, so the extra items on the phone bills often went unnoticed or were thought to be legitimate charges.
Three GoInternet officials were federally prosecuted on fraud and tax evasion charges in 2007.
All pleaded guilty before a trial was to begin last October. The officials will be sentenced in February.
The GoInternet CEO faces up to 46 years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine.
Two other company executives face fines of $250,000 and 20 years of imprisonment.
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Any that are unauthorized, dispute.
Assume you are always being recorded when a telemarketer calls and can easily manipulate to their advantage your “yes” answer.
These telemarketing scams will be less costly to you in money, time and possibly your identity, if you just hang up on all unsolicited telemarketing calls.