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Zoeller announces top 3 telemarketing calls that break the law
Cell phones and VOIP numbers are now eligible on Indiana’s
Do Not Call
list. Sign up today!
According to a May 17
news release submitted
Erin Reese, Indiana
Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced top telemarketing calls
that break the law.
Since January, the Attorney General’s office has received more
than 5,100 complaints from consumers who received telemarketing
calls from either a live operator or prerecorded message.
“Indiana’s Do Not Call law protects registered numbers from
receiving certain telemarketing calls,” Zoeller said.
“Unfortunately, illegitimate businesses and scammers skirt the
law by trying to deceive consumers with phony sales pitches.
That’s why if you are on the
Do Not Call list and
receive a sales call or text message you can count on it being a
As of May 13, 2011, Indiana’s Do Not Call law was amended by
House Enrolled Act 1273 to clarify that wireless and VOIP
telephone numbers can be registered on the Do Not Call list.
Consumers can register their residential landline, cell, VOIP or
prepaid wireless numbers.
Sign up today for the October 1st list. Quarterly lists take
effect each year on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and
October 1st. (The deadline to make the July 1st list was
Zoeller said the top three most annoying telemarketing calls aim
to separate consumers from their money or collect consumers’
1. Card Services
More than 920 consumers reported receiving an automated
call from a woman who says her name is Rachel (or Kelly,
Courtney, Heather, etc.) from “Cardholder Services,” offering to
lower their credit card interest rates. Rachel warns that this
“is your final notice,” but Zoeller says Hoosiers should just
hang-up on Rachel and her sisters. If you follow through with
the prompts, you will be connected with a representative who
will collect an upfront payment from you without any intention
of providing services or a refund.
2. Home Security
Since January, more than 370 complaints have been filed
about an automated call which mentions an FBI report on the
number of home break-ins and offers a “free” home security
system. These telemarketers have no relationship with federal
law enforcement agencies. The caller will take your information
and sell it to a home security company that may charge up to $45
per month for monitoring services.
3. Prize/Sweepstakes Scams
So far this year, more than 110 consumers have received
calls from a live operator that says “You have won $2 million
from Publisher’s Clearinghouse. All you need to do is transfer
$250 for fees and taxes via Moneygram, Western Union or GreenDot
money card…” This is a scam designed to separate you from your
money. Once you wire money, it’s like using cash and it’s nearly
impossible to get back.
Zoeller said consumer complaints help the Attorney General’s
office bring enforcement actions against violators and stop
unwanted calls. Since 2009, the office has obtained 57
settlements or judgments against companies that violated
Indiana’s telephone privacy laws. The total awarded to the state
has been more than $4.9 million and the total collected is more
than $791,800. Zoeller said this money collected is used to
defray the cost of enforcing the state’s telephone privacy laws.
Individuals do not need to re-register unless their address has
changed. To sign up or to confirm a number is already on the
list, visit www.IndianaConsumer.com or call 1.888.834.9969.
Older Americans Month
the Power of Age! That is the theme for Older Americans
Month! Since 1963, May has been a month to appreciate and
celebrate the vitality and hopes of older adults and their
numerous contributions to our communities. Congress passed
the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 in response to concern
by policymakers about a lack of community social services
for older persons. The original
established authority for grants to States for community
planning and social services, research and development
projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The
law also established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to
administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as
the Federal focal point on matters concerning older persons.
Today’s older Americans are more productive, active, and
social than ever!
that the older population-people over 65 years or
older-numbered 39.6 million as of 2009, or 12.9% of the U.S.
population. Older Americans provide valuable wisdom,
resources, and information to families, friends, neighbors,
and their communities. The Department of Health and Human
Administration on Aging
information for older adults
and families such as benefits, eldercare locator, long-term
care planning, and other topics of interest to older adults.
Celebrate Older Americans Month by hosting a
community event or
other activities to educate and inform about older
Americans. For more information and ideas about Older
Americans Month, please visit the Administration on Aging
remember to honor, celebrate and appreciate those who have
paved the way before us!
muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
Bivouac of the Dead,
For many Hoosiers, Memorial Day
weekend means two things: the Indy 500 and spending Monday
at a cookout instead of work. However, it’s important to
remember the roots of the holiday. Memorial Day is a day of
remembrance for the men and women who died while serving in
the United States military. As many people know, Memorial
Day has its origins in the years following the Civil War,
when local groups would decorate the graves of those killed
in the war. In 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the
Republic established Decoration Day as a time to place
flowers on the graves of veterans. According to the
Department of Veterans Affairs, it is largely believed that
the end of May was chosen because flowers would be in bloom
around most of the country. American s continued to honor
Civil War dead through the first World War, when the holiday
was expanded to include all fallen veterans. In 1971, the
name was officially changed from Decoration Day to Memorial
Day. The VA has a great website on
military funeral honors,
flag displaying guidelines,
and the story behind the
poppy. If you are
unable to attend a Memorial Day service, the VA encourages
you to observe a minute of silence at 3:00 PM, local time.
Of course, this does not mean that
you can’t enjoy your day off! Be sure to check out USA.gov’s
page on Memorial
Day, which includes links to barbeque food safety, swimming
safety, American recipes, and more.