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Telemarketing Scams

Unfortunately, the Internet, social media, and dating websites are perfect for tricking susceptible Americans into romantic relationships. Scammers will pretend to be interested in an unwitting person and, after building a rapport, ask them to send money or to cash a check or money order. Often, the scammers create urgency by claiming to have a medical emergency or promising to come to the U.S. to be with that person—just as long as a check or money order is cashed to cover expenses. None of their stories are true. Anyone who is socially isolated is susceptible to this scam.

Tricky Tactics Auto Warranty (Telemarketing)

This woman provided her credit card information over the phone and fell victim to an auto warranty scam. Watch to learn more about avoiding telemarketing scam tactics.

Boiler Room Tactics (Telemarketing Scam)

Carolyn Turner lost $40,000 in a telemarketing scheme that urged her to invest in a company. Watch to learn more about telemarketing scams.

Protect Yourself From Telemarketing Fraud

  • Never pay to win

    Never pay to receive a prize or enter a sweepstakes contest.

  • Be skeptical if it's too good to be true

    Being told you’re a guaranteed prize winner or that there’s no risk involved is a red flag, so be skeptical.

  • Don't give out personal information

    Don’t give your financial information, Social Security number, credit card, or bank account numbers to anyone who has called you.

  • Consult a trusted friend

    If you feel pressured to enter a contest, make a purchase, or give a donation, take a step back and talk to a trusted family member or friend.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve encountered a telemarketing scheme, and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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