Telephone Scams

Telephone scams are a major problem nationally, but they have been hitting close to home lately.

Recently, a Daleville woman got caught up in a possible telephone scam that may be costing her a lot more than she would like. Sixty-six-year-old Pauline King is worrying after last Tuesday’s unfortunate phone call.

King answered the phone only to be talked in to giving over her bank account number to a possible fraudulent telemarketing firm.

The company was claiming to be CIS Marketing Business, Grant America of California.

They told her that she had qualified for grant money from the government that she would not have to pay back in the amount of anywhere from $8,000 to $25,000.

The only catch was that Mrs. King would have to pay almost $250 to receive her grant.

Telephone scams have been around for a long time, but recently have become a local problem. The Dothan Police Department says that in the past decade, they have seen a significant increase in the amount of scams received in our area.

Many businesses use telemarketing to sell legitimate products. However, a large majority of scam artists are using telemarketing as a means to persuade people out of millions of dollars.

Commonly, they are very pushy and will say anything to get your money. However, in the case of Mrs. King, she says they were extremely convincing.

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Some things to keep in mind when confronted with a telemarketer are.never make a decision immediately over the phone when disclosing personal information or purchasing something.

If you are unsure if a company is credible or not, ask them to send you marketing materials to assist you in making a purchasing decision. And you can also tell the company to put you on their "Do Not Call List.”

State law requires companies that perform telemarketing to honor such a request and to maintain this type of list.