An increase in the frequency and types of phone scams committed in Texas and throughout the United States has drawn the attention of law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels. If you believe you are under investigation for committing phone fraud, or if you have been charged in connection with a telesales scam, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
There are many types of telemarketing scams. Some of the most common phone scams include:
The Texas attorney general’s office investigates hundreds of telesales scams each year through its consumer protection division. Texas law requires telemarketers to offer consumers a full refund on any unopened and undamaged merchandise returned within seven days of purchase.
A person convicted of using the phone to commit consumer scams can be prosecuted under federal criminal laws. Penalties for mail fraud or wire fraud include imprisonment for up to five years and forfeiture of the proceeds of the fraudulent conduct. Criminal forfeiture could include the seizure of a person’s assets acquired using the proceeds of phone fraud.
When telemarketers provide false information to banks or credit card companies to open accounts to process a victim’s credit card, prosecutors can charge the offender with bank fraud. Fraud committed against a financial institution is punishable by imprisonment for up to 30 years.
If you have been charged with committing telemarketing scams, then you need legal assistance. Call 713-862-8880 to set up a free legal consultation with Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law.