Telemarketing fraud potential spurs warning

March 05, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A county resident who thought he had won a car from a Houston company apparently was bilked out of money the organization said it needed to deliver the prize.

Maryland State Police said they became aware of the incident when a Hampstead resident complained that NDS Co. of Houston had told him that he had won a new car but requested $450 for delivery. The man sent the money but did not receive a car, police said.

"We're telling people not to send any money but to ask for information" when telemarketers call with similar offers, said Detective Sgt. Gary Cofflin of the state police.

Anyone who has been contacted by NDS should call Dionne Glove of the Texas attorney general's consumer protection office at (713) 223-5886. Maryland residents contacted by MDS or similar companies should also call the Maryland attorney general's office at (410) 528-8662.

Pub Date: 3/05/96

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