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TELEMARKETING SCAMS

    Total Loss Overall: $3,827,880

    Average Loss: $1,174

    2000 Top 10 Frauds 2001 Top 10 Frauds
    Prizes/Sweepstakes 18% Work-At-Home 20%
    Magazine Sales 14% Prizes/Sweepstakes 19%
    Credit Card Sales 13% Credit Card Issuing 17%
    Work-At-Home 10% Advance Fee Loans 9%
    Advance Fee Loans 7% Magazines 7%
    Telephone Slamming 7% Telephone Slamming 4%
    Credit Card Loss Protection 4% Buyers Clubs 3%
    Buyers Clubs 3% Credit Card Loss Protection 2%
    Telephone Cramming 2% Nigerian Money Offers 2%
    Travel/Vacations 2% Telephone Pay-Per-Call Services 2%

    The top ten frauds of 2001 make up 85 percent of all telemarketing complaints taken at the Fraud Center.

     

    Payment Methods Overall
    Bank Debit 23%
    Credit Card 21%
    Check 18%
    Money Order 14%
    Wire 9%
    Cash 6%
    Debit Card 5%
    Telephone Bill 2%
    Cashiers Check 2%

     

    Initial Contact Overall
    Phone 44%
    Mail 37%
    Print 15%
    Fax 2%
    In-person 1%
    TV/Radio 1%

     

    Ages of Victims Overall
    Under 20 1%
    20-29 19%
    30-39 19%
    40-49 22%
    50-59 13%
    60-69 10%
    70-79 10%
    80+ 6%

Locations of Companies

Canada 13%
Outside Canada/ U.S. 5%
U.S. 82%

Top Five U.S. Company Locations

FL 12%
CA 12%
NY 10%
TX 6%
IL 4%

Top Five Victim Locations

FL 15%
CA 11%
NY 6%
TX 5%
PA 4%

    Method of Contact, Percentage by Category

     

    Telemarketing Fraud Method of Contact
    Work-at-Home Phone 22%
      Mail 42%
      In person 1%
      Print 35%
      TV 0%
      Fax 0%
     
    Prizes/Sweepstakes Phone 65%
      Mail 34%
      In person .5%
      Print .5%
      TV 0%
    Fax 0%
     
    Credit Card Issuing Phone 60%
      Mail 36%
      In person .5%
      Print 3%
      TV .5%
      Fax 0%
     
    Advance Fee Loans Phone 32%
      Mail 17%
      In person 1%
      Print 49%
      TV 0%
      Fax 1%
     
    Magazine Sales Phone 55%
      Mail 42%
      In person 3%
      Print 1%
    TV 0%
    Fax 0%
     
    Telephone Slamming Phone 27%
      Mail 72%
      In person 0%
      Print 1%
    TV 0%
    Fax 0%
     
    Buyers Clubs Phone 30%
      Mail 65%
      In person 3%
      Print 2%
      TV 0%
      Fax 0%
     
    Credit Card Loss Protection Phone 88%
      Mail 10%
      In person 0%
      Print 1%
    TV 1%
    Fax 0%
     
    Nigerian Money Offers Phone 2%
      Mail 26%
      In person 0%
      Print 0%
      TV 0%
      Fax 72%
    Telephone Pay-Per-Call Services Phone 34%
    Mail 59%
    In person 0%
    Print 3%
    TV 4%
    Fax 0%

     

    For more information, write or call or email the National Consumers League at 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20006, (202) 835-3323, info@nclnet.org. 

     

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