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How serious is telemarketing fraud?

| Apr 15, 2021 | White Collar Crimes |

Telemarketers may sometimes be intrusive and bothersome. At least some companies offer Michigan customers valuable products and services, though. And then there are dubious telemarketing entities that exist to steal or other engage in a con game. Entities charged with telemarketing fraud could face serious charges, so companies may benefit from avoiding any potentially illegal activity.

Concerns about telemarketing fraud

Telemarketing fraud refers to using deceptive practices to get money from someone over the telephone. One example could involve a “telemarketer” claiming to sell magazine subscriptions. The victim may provide credit card information to the telemarketer, only to find the call was a ruse designed to steal and use the credit card information.

Telemarketing fraud could also involve pushing someone to make an impulse buy. Prodding someone with “act now” special deals or through some other “beneficial” offer could be a red flag. Sometimes, a caller may claim to work for a computer security firm and warn of dire consequences for not purchasing a service. Ultimately, when the “telemarketer” lies or otherwise tries to use deceptive practices, the caller may engage in fraud.

Points about telemarketing fraud

Some legitimate businesses may engage in dubious activities that get them into trouble. The managers might not wish to steal from anyone, but “stretching the truth” to move a sale may result in fraud charges.

For example, claiming a product is ready to ship when it isn’t could be a deceptive practice. And what happens if the shipping delays run into months after customers purchased tens of thousands of orders? Legal troubles may loom.

Persons accused of telemarketing fraud and other white-collar crimes might need to speak to an attorney. The attorney could review the case to determine a defense strategy.