fine print or hidden costs. Note that if someone offers you a free prize but asks or some sort of fee, you really haven’t won anything. Ask for a number where you can call the rep back. If a con artist is calling, he or she will hang up. REsist high -pressure sales tactics. If the caller insists, hang up.
If you have been scammed, report the crime to your local Better business Bureau, your attorney general or FBI field office. File a written complaint with the FTC, which helps law enforcement agencies identify patterns of possible violations. REad the following informational texts on the Internet for more help: “Telemarketing Fraud: Spread the Word” at www.ftc.gov/telemarketing/business.htm, “Telemarketing Fraud: How to Spot It, How to Avoid It” at www.consumerlawpage.com/brochure/88.shtm and “Telemarketing Scam Hits the Area” at www.bosbbb.org/warning/warnaud.htm.