Telemarketing is the act of marketing or selling goods by means of telecommunications, most commonly the telephone.
Since this type of sales involves public telephone waves, both federal and state laws govern the process.
There are a number of telemarketing schemes that target unsuspecting victims, most commonly, seniors.
There are numerous types of telemarketing frauds used to capture credit card and other personal information as well as manipulate people into buying unnecessary items for high prices never disclosed during the telemarketing sales pitch.
Telemarketing fraud and scams are very common and may begin with a person receiving telephone calls at all times of the night, even though there are laws stating reasonable times for calling.
Placing your name on the national Do Not Call list, will eliminate telemarketing calls.
One of the most common telemarketing schemes is to claim that the person called has won a sweepstakes or a contest, going into a sales pitch involving buying hotel or airline reservations, vacation packages, or magazine subscriptions. Usually the consumer has never entered the contest or even heard of it. If you have really won a contest or a sweepstakes, you will never have to make a purchase to obtain your winnings.
If you believe that you have been the victim of telemarketing fraud you should contact the Better Business Bureau as well as the Federal Trade Commission.