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ScamwarnersWe just came upon a great site listing all the internet Scams for taking your money. It’s called

Just the list of scams on the first page alone helped me understand how scamsters played the game all over the internet. Naturally, like you, I get the lottery winning emails and Benin or Nigeria letters saying someone would like to give me money if I help them and provide my own bank account details (after which they promptly empty the account).

But did you know about the employment offers where you deposit checks into an account, wire the money to a firm overseas, and then those checks bounce leaving you holding the bag?

Here are the categories of scams you can find on the website:

Advance Fee Fraud – “419 scams” – promise a large sum of money (such as a charitable donation) or a valuable consignment (consignments of cash, gold, or black money)

Fraudulent check scams – Scams in which checks are mailed to you

Fraudulent lotteries – Fraudulent lottery win notifications which ask you to pay fees

Romance scams – Scams in which the scammer plays a love interest

Money recovery scams – Scams which target those who have already been victimized

Charity scams – Scams in which scammers pose as charities

Employment scams – Fake employment opportunities

Auction site and online selling scams – Scams targeting online buyers, sellers or merchants

Rental scams – Scams in which a scammer poses as a landlord or interested renter

Debt collection scams – Scams in which the scammer attempts to hire services to collect a supposed debt

Advance fee loan scams – Scammers posing as lenders, may also involve ID theft

Conference scams – Scams involving invitations to a fake conference

Pet scams or puppy scams – Scammers posing as a someone selling or giving away a pet

Fraudulent websites used in scams – Scammer-created websites used for advance fee fraud


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