According to the Better Business Bureau, fraudulent telemarketing throughout the country made more than $30 billion in consumer scams in 1999. That's why the Better Business Bureau and the Secretary of State 's office are trying to educate Mississippians about how not to become victims.
Two of the biggest problems, they say, are identification fraud and sweepstakes abuse.
"There are a lot of rip-off artists out there who will pray on our people, particularly senior citizens and try to talk them into scams that may be at best risky and at worst outright fraudulent," Sec. of State Eric Clark said.
Next Wednesday in Jackson, Clark and the Better Business Bureau will hold an anti-fraud seminar from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The meeting will be at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.