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Protect Yourself From Consumer Scams

Both the downturn of the economy and the rise of online classifieds has expanded the world of consumer scams. Whether the scam is a phony job posting or a Cragislist deal that seems too good to be true, it pays to stay informed on what the latest scams are—so you can avoid them.

The Law Enforcement News Center has a daily updated list of the latest stories around the globe about new consumer scams. They already have a substantial list, but if you know about a scam that isn’t there, you can send them an email and let them know about it.

See the list here.

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August 24, 2009 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Nigerian Email Scammers Work Even Harder During Economic Slowdown

A recent article published in the Washington Post reports that Nigerian email scammers have been redoubling their efforts during the recent economic slowdown. Already the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reports that these types of scams grew by 33% last year. Interestingly, when people are in dire economic circumstances they are more willing to take chances that promise them huge windfalls of cash for very little effort.

So, as always, whenever you receive an email that promises you a huge sum for “transferring” money for a deposed (or deceased) dictator or asks you for a deposit fee so that your Irish lottery winnings can be disbursed to you, just delete it from your inbox.

Don’t be another victim. Just remember: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.


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August 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Beware of the Black Dollar Scam

A great post at Prevention Works warms of a new scam that is sucking people in and taking their money. Similar to the Nigerian email scams, a victim receives a communication from an individual who states that a large amount of money needs to be transferred out of their native country into the US, and the individual promises a percentage of the money in return for importing the money. Of course, says the individual, there are some small fees involved, but they will be reimbursed by the large sum of money the victim will receive after the transfer is completed.

But here is the twist, according to the scammer, the money being imported has been dyed black in order to pass customs. But no worry, the scammer says, you can buy a cheap solution that will wash off the black dye and the money will appear again. To further convince victims, in some cases, a slight-of-hand demonstration is even presented to “show” the victim that the black really does wash off the money. Eventually, the scammers keep presenting the victims with small taxes and transfer fees, as well as making them buy phony washing solution, until the victim stops paying or runs out of money.

Personally, I can’t believe people fall for this stuff, but I suppose there are some desperate people out there who are looking for a quick buck. To protect yourself, remember to never give out personal information over the internet, and remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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