There are many ways people try to defraud others or get personal information in New York. Many scams are over the phone, and scammers use various schemes to keep the person on the line. Scammers may keep people talking by trying to sell something or lure them with a grand prize. Defendants of telemarketing fraud have options during and before trial.
Types of telemarketing fraud
Telemarketing frauds are white-collar crimes involving someone calling another and making false statements to get information. Defendants of telemarketing fraud often misrepresent themselves to allow a person to disclose personal information. One scam has the caller pretending to be an agent from an anti-virus company who needs access to the person’s computer to get rid of a virus. Another scam is saying a person may have won a foreign lottery and requesting personal information. After getting the information, the scammer uses the information to access the person’s bank accounts.
Why telemarketing fraud is so common
Telemarketing fraud is harder to catch because of the numerous abundance of schemes. Telemarketer regulations don’t allow calls too late, too early or of unidentifiable origin. Scammers try to get as much information as they can about the caller. Sometimes they record the conversations for further use or gather personal information.
How is telemarketing fraud prosecuted?
The Federal Trade Commission is the agency that prosecutes telemarketing fraud. When a person files a complaint with the FTC, it will start an investigation. Of course, people who are facing these charges are entitled to their presumption of innocence and are allowed to maintain a strong defense.