Please see the following pages to learn more about Telemarketing Fraud.
Telemarketing fraud bilks more than $40 billion dollars out of American consumers every year. Worse still, as the telemarketing industry continues to grow, so do the number of con artists hoping to get in on the action. Telemarketing con artists exploit consumer vulnerability by tempting their victims with false or misleading promises, extraordinary offers, and pleas for charitable contributions, among other things.
Anyone with a phone is susceptible to telemarketing fraud. Some of the common types of telemarketing fraud include: credit card loss protection offers, charity schemes, advance-fee loan offers, prize promotion or bogus sweepstakes, and travel schemes. Learn more about how to recognize telemarketing fraud.
If you suspect that you've been a victim of telemarketing fraud, you may be entitled to recover damages through a consumer fraud lawsuit. Please contact us to consult with one of our qualified consumer advocates who can evaluate your claim and help you protect your rights.
Telemarketing Fraud is Illegal
The Federal Trade Commission - the national agency that protects consumers from fraudulent and deceptive practices - requires telemarketers to comply with certain rules and regulations. When telemarketers fail to comply with FTC rules by intentionally deceiving consumers, they are committing telemarketing fraud. Telemarketing fraud is an illegal and punishable offense.
The Department of Justice is also responsible for investigating telemarketing fraud and prosecuting cases. In fact, the Department has filed more than 1,000 civil and criminal lawsuits against businesses that have violated FTC rules and regulations. Many of these cases resulted in hefty sentences and fines for the fraudulent telemarketers as well as maximum restitution awards for their victims.
Victims of telemarketing fraud may be eligible to file a consumer fraud lawsuit to seek restitution for their losses. Individuals who have been defrauded by the same telemarketing scam may be able to file a class action lawsuit.
If you think you have been the victim of telemarketing fraud, you should report your claim immediately. Chances are good that if you've been victimized, others have too. Reporting your claim will help initiate an investigation and potentially save others from being the victims of telemarketing fraud. You can report your claim to your state Attorney General or the Attorney General in the state where the telemarketing company is located. The FTC enters complaints of telemarketing fraud into a law enforcement database called Consumer Sentinel. Click here to learn more about FTC laws governing telemarketing sales.
It may also be wise to seek the early counsel of a qualified attorney who can help you determine a possible course of action. Our lawyers are experienced consumer advocates who want to help you protect and maximize your legal rights. Contact us today to speak with one of our qualified consumer fraud lawyers.