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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 5, 2000 – Samoa News)---One difference between living in American Samoa and living in the United States: no telemarketers bother us down here.

In the U.S., the phone rings constantly from telemarketers selling everything from magazine subscriptions to stock investments.

Some of the annoying phone calls are legitimate, and some are not.

Federal postal officials recently busted an illegal telemarketing outfit that reportedly bilked $80 million from victims, in part to finance a bogus wireless venture in American Samoa.

According to a December 16th Postal Service statement, Marcus Dalton of Colts Neck, New Jersey has admitted responsibility for selling or promoting at least $80 million in fraudulent securities, including financing a wireless venture in American Samoa.

Dalton was described as one of the nation's most prolific creators and marketers of securities fraud schemes.

To help U.S. residents avoid become victims, the U.S. Postal Service recently distributed a flyer: "Fraudulent Telemarketers: They've got your number... now they want your money".

The pamphlet was sent to every resident in the U.S. and its territories (including American Samoa).

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