What is telemarketing?
Telemarketing is all about advertising product online, making purchases, sending and receiving money through electronic media. In most instances it involves indirect contact among the involved parties. This is to say parties have no real knowledge of who they are actually dealing with. This is what makes it a perfect soft landing for online criminals.
Telemarketing fraud is but another version of online fraud. Both involve taking undue advantage of one of the parties involved in the online contract.
Signs of the possible telemarketing fraud
Whenever time you send and receive money from individuals you are not so familiar with, you risk being a victim of telemarketing fraud. Providing your bank details of other financial details to strangers makes you even the more vulnerable. Below are some of the tips that are actually a “red light” in any telemarketing transaction.
- If your client insists on immediate payment else the whole deal expires of the offer turns invalid, just run away
- If you are to be rewarded a gift or any other price but the condition is payment for postage or other related costs, advise them to retain their gift.
How to avoid telemarketing and online fraud
If you’ve never been a victim of these crimes or you’ve succumbed to the same the following are some of the tips to keep safe in the future:
- Only transact with legitimate companies
- Obtain the salespersons identification details
- Never respond to offers that are not so sensible like “you’ve won! Congratulations!”
- Remember most, if not all, people are in business to make money, winning never come easy!!
A proper understanding of online fraud, telemarketing fraud and other types of modern crimes is the very first step at stemming them out. Follow the above mentioned guidelines and stay safe. No one wants to lose their hard earned money.