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Fraudulent Telemarketers Snatching Bank Account
Numbers, National Fraud Information Center Stats Show -
In 2001 consumers paid for fraudulent telemarketing offers more frequently with bank debits than any other payment
method, according to statistics released by the National Consumers League’s National Fraud Information Center (NFIC).
Bank debits are situations in which fraudulent telemarketers obtain consumers’ bank account numbers either by luring
consumers into providing them or getting them from another source. Bank debits are particularly high in certain
categories among the top ten telemarketing frauds in 2001: 62 percent of consumers paid for bogus credit card offers
with bank debits; 50 percent gave out their bank numbers in the increasingly popular age-old Nigerian money offer scam;
and 26 percent had funds withdrawn from their bank accounts for buyers clubs they never agreed to purchase.
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