WASHINGTON — Announcing a new mail campaign to thwart telemarketing fraud, President Clinton said Saturday that many older Americans face a greater threat from "a scam artist on the phone" than from a mugger on the street.
In his weekly radio address, Clinton announced that every American household will soon receive a postcard with tips on avoiding telemarketing rip-offs.
"This is the largest consumer protection mailing in our history," Clinton said. "It will provide information you can keep by the phone to help you distinguish between fraudulent and legitimate telemarketers."
The postcards, which will begin arriving Nov. 15, will include a set of warnings, such as telling people to avoid giving unknown callers important financial information.