FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION
contains links to actual short audio telephone recordings between scam artists and potential elderly victims.
Usually telemarketing scam artists work in teams. One person makes the initial phone call and baits the hook. A second person calls you back and closes the deal by asking you to send a payment to them to cover some sort of bogus fee so you can claim you prize. This multiple person approach lends to their credibility. Click here to listen to an actual audio recording of an Opener calling a potential elderly victim (14:00)
Once the Opener finds a potential victim he or she will contact their partner (the Closer) and give the details of the scam including the victim's name and any other pertinent information. Click here to listen to an actual audio recording of an Opener calling the Closer letting him know about a scam in progress (6:19)
Once the Closer has all the details of the scam. He or she will call back the victim pretending to be a person in authority such as a lawyer or other person who is authorized to release your prize. The Closer sets the hook by confirming the information the Opener told the victim. The Closer will ask the potential victim to send a cashier's check (usually for around $10,000) to cover the fees or taxes so he can release the prize. Click here to listen to an actual audio recording of a Closer in action (8:44)
The telemarketing scam artists don't want their potential victim's to talk to anyone about the details of the con. They will usually tell you that if you discuss the details of their agreement with anyone for a certain period of time you will forfeit your prize. This is known as a gag order. You send them your money and wait several weeks for the prize to be delivered. The prize never arrives and you have given the con artists the time they need to disappear with your money. Click here to listen to an actual audio recording of a Closer calling back a potential victim and given her a Gag order (13:26)