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While many companies that use the telephone/Internet to sell goods and services are reputable, some use phony prizes and deceptive sales tactics to defraud consumers. You can protect yourself by being aware of the most common types of deception, by checking out the companies before doing business and by taking the time to carefully consider any purchase.
One tip-off to a telephone/Internet solicitation scam is a very low-priced offer. Few legitimate businesses can afford to give away things of real value or substantially undercut everyone else's price. Be cautious if you hear the following types of offers:
The Federal Do Not Call Registry now covers the State of New York. Register your phone number on the Do Not Call website. You will also find a link for more information on that website. Once a phone number is registered, telemarketers have up to 31 days to stop calling you. The registration is good for fiver years. You can register up to three phone numbers per household.