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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Ben Bernanke – Identity Theft Victim
Aug27

Ben Bernanke – Identity Theft Victim

Ben Bernanke is a victim of identity theft. This is proof positive that it can happen to anyone. Ben Bernanke – the Federal Reserve Board chairman – was one of hundreds of victims of an elaborate identity-fraud ring, headed by a convicted scam artist known as “Big Head,” that stole more than $2.1 million from unsuspecting consumers and at least 10 financial institutions around the country. How Did It Happen? On...

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“Smishing” Scam Audio Sample
Apr21

“Smishing” Scam Audio Sample

Lately I’ve received several “smishing” text messages on my phone and I finally captured the audio of a full phone interaction with their voice response system. Audio of Smishing Call Here is the audio from a smishing phone call I recorded. Listen closely to see how they use fear to manipulate the victim into providing information. What is Smishing? Well, someone somewhere comes up with these cute names for things...

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Lottery Scams – How Do They Work?
Jun02

Lottery Scams – How Do They Work?

The Lottery Scam, or “Dutch” Lottery Scam, as it’s called sometimes, is almost identical to the Nigerian “West African advanced fee” scam. It consists of a message stating you have won a large sum of money in a foreign lottery and that you just need to claim your prize. Once you contact the “organizers” of the lottery with your special code, they’ll tell you you have to pay a fee in...

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W-9095 IRS Tax Form Scam
Jun02

W-9095 IRS Tax Form Scam

Identity thieves have put together an effective scam that uses fake tax forms to collect your sensitive information. They mail the form to you and then request that you fax back the information within 7 days. A similar fake form is named W-8888 and a modified real form named W-8BEN. Here’s what the form looks like (Adobe Acrobat file – 60k) Here are the details from the IRS site: IRS WARNS OF SCHEME TO STEAL IDENTITY AND...

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