Sunday, February 25, 2007
Telemarketers Targeting Hispanic Community
Indiana's Attorney General has issued a press release warning about a telemarketing scam aimed at the Hoosier Hispanic Community.
Attorney General Steve Carter is cautioning the Hispanic community to beware of telemarketing fraud that attempts to sell consumers a variety of items such as travel packages and English courses. In some instances, the telemarketers attempt to convince consumers they are obligated to continue to make payments to the company when they are not.
“We are hearing from the Hispanic community that unscrupulous telemarketers are attempting to exploit the desire to learn English and to travel to see family and relatives,” Attorney General Steve Carter said. “Often, consumers pay hundreds of dollars upon delivery of packages that contain bogus items that aren’t what the telemarketers represented.”
Consumers should be extremely cautious when solicited by a telemarketer offering these items in particular, although fraud can occur with a variety of products. The attorney general would like to remind the Hispanic community that telemarketing calls can be reduced by registering their residential phone number on the state’s Do Not Call list by calling 1-888-834-9969 or by visiting IndianaConsumer.com.