Beware of Telemarketing & Charity Scams
Telemarketing and charity scams are on the rise, including schemes where scam artists pose as employees of federal government agencies and charities like the Make A Wish Foundation (Read their fraud alert here.).
The Federal Trade Commission provides information about this type of fraud and how to report it, including these red flag warnings if you think a phone call like this might be too good to be true:
1) Don't pay to collect sweepstakes winnings.
2) Hold on to your money.
3) Look-alikes aren't the real thing.
4) Phone numbers can deceive.
More information about phone call scams is found at Who's Calling? Recognize & Report Phone Fraud. If you believe you have been a victim of one of these scams, file a complaint with the FTC. Sometimes other agencies get involved with investigating fraud claims -- in 2009 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement partnered with the Jamaican government to investigate and dismantle a telemarketing scam targeting U.S. Citizens. Read about their investigation here.