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Can I be accused of a federal crime for telemarketing?


You might face such allegations if certain circumstances exist. In fact, telemarketing scams are amongst the most common, so the federal government has really cracked down on telemarketers and what they can and cannot do over the phone. For example, if you offer significant products, services, or winnings in exchange for an individual's personal information, you should make sure you make good on your promise. Failing to do so could result in fraud charges.

Many allegations of fraud arise when telemarketers promise free items, ensure no risk, guarantee high profits, and refuse to divulge information about themselves or the company for which they work. These factors, coupled with a high-pressure call can lead many to make serious accusations, particularly when they lose money. When this happens, you could wind up facing serious criminal charges that could result in significant penalties.

A fraud or theft conviction can damage your life significantly. You may be sent to prison for a significant period of time, be forced to pay enormous fines, and suffer in a severely tarnished reputation. A federal charge in itself, which many telemarking scams are since calls are often made across state lines, could ruin your job, your personal relationships, and your future.

Thus, there is a lot to lose when accused of telemarketing fraud. One way to ensure you do not face allegations is to be completely clear with your customers about what you are pitching them. Feel free to provide potential customers with your name and contact information as well as that of the company for which you work. However, if you are still facing criminal allegations, then you may want to consult with a California attorney who is experienced at handling federal crimes charges. He or she might be able to help you put forth a defense that is strong enough to help you avoid the costly penalties discussed above.

Source: FBI, "Common Fraud Schemes," accessed on Jan. 2, 2014

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