Common telemarketing scams and how to spot them
Jan31

Common telemarketing scams and how to spot them

Online scams continue to be popular with criminals and are becoming more complex. But that doesn’t mean that offline scams aren’t still happening as well. Scams conducted via text messages, phone calls, and even snail mail remain popular with criminals. Indeed, with so many people treating their cellphones as an extension of their bodies, people are more accessible by phone than ever before. This is one of the reasons telemarketing...

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6 Common Paypal Scams and How to Avoid Them
Jan19

6 Common Paypal Scams and How to Avoid Them

If you’re a regular PayPal user, you may want to take note: Scammers are regularly targeting PayPal and its customer base. PayPal scams can come in the form of emails, phishing sites, malicious ads, suspicious links, and more. Such scams are designed to look official in order to trick users into giving up private data, such as usernames and passwords, or to illegitimately collect payments. Numerous PayPal scams exist, but there are...

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How to recognize and avoid eBay scams
Jan14

How to recognize and avoid eBay scams

Scammers will use any available platform to trick innocent people out of their money or goods, and eBay is no exception. The online auction site launched in 1995, and scammers have used it ever since. eBay involves a lot of trust on behalf of the buyer and the seller, but it’s relatively easy for that trust to be exploited. The company has put in some safeguards, but you can do a lot to protect yourself as an eBay user. This guide...

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Lottery Scams – How Do They Work?
Dec03

Lottery Scams – How Do They Work?

Scammers around the world understand that the offer of large sums of money is too good for some people to pass up. That’s why lottery scams are so successful. Although the details change, the general principle is the same: a person is told they have won a large sum of money in a lottery. In order to gain access to their winnings they are required to send a relatively small amount to cover taxes, administrative fees or customs charges....

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What is the Nigerian scam (419 scam) with examples
Nov13

What is the Nigerian scam (419 scam) with examples

The Nigerian scam has been around for a long time. Originally conducted over phone, fax and traditional mail, this scam invites victims to send a small amount of money on the promise of receiving a much larger sum in return. The development of email has made it much easier for scammers to reach new victims. It’s difficult to find statistics that reflect the true costs of advanced fee frauds like the Nigerian scam. The FBI and the...

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How to Report a Scam
Oct15

How to Report a Scam

What should you do when you get a scam email or end up on a scam website? Also known as phishing attempts, fraudulent emails are used to trick people into sharing personal information like social security numbers, bank account details and passwords. This article will tell you how to identify scam emails, what to do if you spot one, where to report scams, and steps you can take to protect yourself if you think you have been scammed....

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