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Chapter 15. Scams > Reloading

Reloading

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout and I’m telling you why. No, Santa Claus isn’t coming to town, but fraudulent telemarketers are. And they have a list and they have been checking it twice, not to find out who is naughty or nice, but to find out who has been previously scammed. A nasty trick played by fraudulent telemarketers is to call people who have been previously cheated and cheat them again. Often the way this works is after you have been scammed by a con man through telemarketing, you may receive another call, this one purporting to be from a government agency or private consumer organization offering to help you recover the money you had been scammed out of previously.

If this happens to you, you should be very wary because what fraudulent telemarketers do is create sucker lists of people who have lost money to phony telemarketing schemes. These lists include names, addresses, telephone numbers and other personal information gathered by the scammers who in turn sell these lists to other con men (or con people if we are to be politically correct). These lists are valuable property because unfortunately, if you fell for the con in the first place, you are probably vulnerable to being taken advantage of again.


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