By Rachel Morgan, Marketing —
Most of us know the unnerving feeling of answering the phone and realizing that the person on the other end is scamming us. Some of us even give the individuals on the other end a nasty piece of our minds before angrily hanging up. Others panic and end the call without a word, afraid of giving away any personal information. Unfortunately, some individuals don’t realize they are being scammed until their money has been transferred and their personal information has been compromised. Sadly, these victims are often the elderly.
On January 23rd, the United States Department of Justice reported that three men were tried and convicted of committing a telemarketing fraud. By using advanced technology, they made their outgoing calls appear as if they had been made in Washington D.C. (even though they were in Costa Rica at the time of the calls.) These calls were primarily directed towards elderly individuals in the United States. Posing as federal judges, representatives of the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and other federal agencies, these men convinced their victims that they were the recipients of lavish sweepstake prizes. They then collect payments from their victims, who thought they were covering insurance fees, taxes, and import fees affiliated with their prizes.
The three men are identified as Donald Dodt from Ohio, age 76, Thomas Sniffen from New York, age 58, and Michael Saxon, from Ontario, Canada, age 50. Each was sentenced to time in prison, ranging from 90-114 months, according to their involvement in the crime. Additionally, each was charged with a restitution fee from 7 to 11.2 million dollars. The United States Department of Justice reported that they “collectively stole more than $11 million in total from victims.”
These vile criminals targeted grandmothers and grandfathers—senior citizens who had lived their lives and were ready to settle down quietly and comfortably. They exploited the innocent and were rightfully stopped. Fortunately, law enforcement individuals work to shut-down scams as quickly and efficiently as possible. Throughout the past century, they have greatly benefited from the aid of lie detection technologies.
In the case of a telemarketing scheme, lie detection technology aids law enforcement officials in conducting interrogations and finding the parties responsible for such crimes. Within the last 10 years, a new and effective lie detection technology has surfaced: EyeDetect. EyeDetect has been tested and found effective in detecting lies by analyzing pupil reactions during the act of lying. It is fast, reliable, secure and the tests are easy to administer. This new technology has successfully aided law-enforcement teams and various other companies worldwide.