Telemarketers scam University libraries

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/25/2005 - 17:25

The Michigan Daily Reports Some telemarketing companies have made millions of dollars by targeting unsuspecting college libraries like those at the University, according to a number of librarians.

A primary profit-making strategy of these companies is to tell the library employees that they have ordered their business-to-business directories — which provide an extensive listing of businesses that other businesses can call when they need services, such as technical support — and demanding that the library pay for them when in fact the library never purchased them. The cost of such directories ranges from $300 to $1,000, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.