Scam FAQ: How To Spot A Scam How Can I Tell If Something Might Be A Scam? It’S Probably A Scam If Someone: Makes an offer that sounds too good to be true; Promises that you can win money, make money, or borrow money easily; Asks for money to enter a contest, win a sweepstake or lottery, or claim a prize; Refuses to send you written information before you agree to buy or donate; Refuses [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Spot Wire Transfer Fraud What Are The Warning Signs Of Wire Transfer Fraud? Know How To Recognize The Warning Signs Of Wire Transfer Fraud: Someone that you have never met in person is asking for money. This is the biggest red flag for fraud. If you’re in a long-distance relationship with someone you’ve never met in person, be wary of possible fraud, if they start asking for money. The reality is: [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid BEC Business Email Compromise Scams Be mindful of any email, phone call or text messages requesting multiple gift cards even if the request is ordinary. Beware of sudden changes in business or personal practices and carefully scrutinize all requests for multiple gift card purchases even if requests are ordinary. Since many of the fraudulent e-mails reported in this new trend are spoofed, confirm requests for the purchase of gift cards [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Third Party Receiver Of Funds Fraud Do not agree to accept and wire payments for auctions or purchases that you did not post. Be leery if the individual states that his country it makes receiving these type of funds difficult. Be cautious when the job posting claims "no experience necessary". Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Spam Email Don't open spam. Delete it unread. Never respond to spam as this will confirm to the sender that it is a "live" email address. Have a primary and secondary email address - one for people you know and one for all other purposes. Avoid giving out your email address unless you know how it will be used. Never purchase anything advertised through an unsolicited email.
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Reshipping Fraud & Scams Be cautious if you are asked to ship packages to an "overseas home office." Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Be leery if the individual states that his country will not allow direct business shipments from the United States. Be wary if the "ship to" address is yours but the name on the package is not. Never provide your personal information to [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Ponzi/Pyramid Schemes & Scams If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of promises to make fast profits. Exercise diligence in selecting investments. Be vigilant in researching with whom you choose to invest. Make sure you fully understand the investment prior to investing. Be wary when you are required to bring in subsequent investors. Independently verify the legitimacy of any investment. Beware of references given by [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Phishing/Spoofing Scams Be suspicious of any unsolicited email requesting personal information. Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal information. Always compare the link in the email to the link that you are actually directed to. Log on to the official website, instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited email. Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify if the email is genuine.
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Nigerian Letter Or "419" Email Scams If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is. Do not reply to emails asking for personal banking information. Be wary of individuals representing themselves as foreign government officials. Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Beware when asked to assist in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts. Do not believe the promise of large [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Lottery Scams If the lottery winnings appear too good to be true, they probably are. Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or contest. Be cautious if you receive a telephone call stating you are the winner in a lottery. Beware of lotteries that charge a fee prior to delivery of your prize. Be wary of [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Investment Fraud If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of promises to make fast profits. Do not invest in anything unless you understand the deal. Don't assume a company is legitimate based on "appearance" of the website. Be leery when responding to investment offers received through unsolicited email. Be wary of investments that offer high returns at little or no risk. Independently verify the terms [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Internet Extortion Security needs to be multi-layered so that numerous obstacles will be in the way of the intruder. Ensure security is installed at every possible entry point. Identify all machines connected to the Internet and assess the defense that's engaged. Identify whether your servers are utilizing any ports that have been known to represent insecurities. Ensure you are utilizing the most up-to-date patches for your software.
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Identity Theft Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number. Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate. Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop. Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form. Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over. Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Escrow Services Fraud Always type in the website address yourself rather than clicking on a link provided. A legitimate website will be unique and will not duplicate the work of other companies. Be cautious when a site requests payment to an "agent", instead of a corporate entity. Be leery of escrow sites that only accept wire transfers or e-currency. Be watchful of spelling errors, grammar problems, or inconsistent information. Beware of sites [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Bogus Employment/Business Opportunities Be wary of inflated claims of product effectiveness. Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits. Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products. Be leery when the job posting claims "no experience necessary". Do not give your social security number when first interacting with your prospective employer. Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Be wary when replying [...]
Scam FAQ: How To Avoid DHL / UPS Fraud Beware of individuals using the DHL or UPS logo in any email communication. Be suspicious when payment is requested by money transfer before the goods will be delivered. Remember that DHL and UPS do not generally get involved in directly collecting payment from customers. Fees associated with DHL or UPS transactions are only for shipping costs and never for other costs associated with online transactions. Contact [...]