Call me: Telemarketing fraud

El timador llama dos veces – There are many scams out there, and the telephone is a popular way to reach people.

From asking for your credit card number to directing you to a bogus website so that you install malware on your computer, there are many popular scams out there. What should you do? Never answer the phone? Nervously analyze the caller ID?


Obviously there are some things that you can do to protect yourself from scammers. First, there are several key phrases that should raise red flags.

You’ve been selected for…
You’re the winner of…
You need to decide now.
There’s a small fee for shipping and handling.


Products or services commonly associated with scams include:

Free or heavily discounted trips
Lotteries and prizes, especially from foreign countries
Charity donations (and this is a shame, as it hurts real charities’ ability to collect donations)


So what can you do to protect yourself? The first thing is to familiarize yourself with all the information that you can. Learn what common scams are going around. Ask key questions, like:

What’s the hurry?
What is the name of the company and what is your name?
If this prize or trial is free, why are you asking for money/credit card details?


Never give out your credit card info or bank details unless you are absolutely sure that you are dealing with a legitimate company. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary   VOCABULARY

Scam – timo
Bogus – falso
Scammer – timador
Red flag – disparar alarmas
Fee – coste
Charity – caridad
Hurry – prisa
Trial – prueba



05/03/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesUnited States 2Audio