For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: November 14, 2005
Wasden Reaches Agreement With Western Union To Curb Telemarketing Scams
(Boise) - Idaho joined 46 other states in an agreement with Western Union that will fund an $8.1 million national consumer awareness program, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. The program will provide warnings to help consumers from becoming victims of telemarketing scams.
“Fraudulent telemarketers are calling Idahoans claiming they are winners of an International Lottery, for example,” Attorney General Wasden said. “The telemarketers are calling from outside of the United States, claiming the consumer must wire money to pay the taxes or other charges in order to claim the prize.”
“These fraudulent telemarketers often use businesses such as Western Union to perpetrate their scam,” Wasden said. “Once you have sent your money out of the country, there is very little chance that the money can be recovered.”
As a result of the agreement, Western Union will educate and provide prominent warnings to consumers who might be convinced to wire money because of a telemarketing scam, such as to claim a prize.
Western Union also agreed to the following terms:
“Western Union has taken an important step in preventing fraud against Idahoans,” Attorney General Wasden said. “The efforts Western Union is making to clearly and conspicuously warn consumers against telemarketing fraud should provide a model for disclosure we hope will protect Idahoans from becoming victims of consumer fraud.”
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