Nigerian 419 Scam [Video]

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Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud Nigerian letter frauds combine the threat of impersonation fraud with a variation of an advance fee scheme in which a letter mailed, or e-mailed, from Nigeria offers the recipient the “opportunity” to share in a percentage of millions of dollars that the author—a self-proclaimed government official—is trying to transfer illegally …

HYIP Investment Schemes [Video]

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HYIP High-Yield Investment Program Definition A fraudulent investment scheme that purports to deliver extraordinarily high returns on investment. High-yield investment schemes often advertise yields of more than 100% per year in order to lure in victims. In reality, these high-yield investment programs are Ponzi schemes, and the organizers aim to steal the money invested. This …

Tax Scams [Video]

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Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication. This page looks at the scams affecting individuals, businesses, and tax professionals and what do if you if you …

Tech Support Scams [Video]

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Technical support scams – Avoiding Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages. They might call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might also setup websites with persistent pop-ups displaying fake warning messages and a phone number to call and get the “issue” fixed. They might offer to help solve your …

Trading Scams Fraud [Video]

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Trading – Investor Alert Binary Options and Fraud The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Office of Consumer Outreach (CFTC) are issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudulent promotion schemes involving binary options and binary options trading platforms. These schemes allegedly involve, among other things, the …

Senior Grandparent Scams [Video]

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Senior Citizens – Fraud Target The FBI’s Common Fraud Schemes webpage provides tips on how you can protect yourself and your family from fraud. Senior Citizens especially should be aware of fraud schemes for the following reasons: Senior citizens are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home, and/or to have excellent …

Multi-Level Marketing MLM [Video]

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MLM or Network Marketing: Worth It, or Too Good to Be True? 6 Questions to Check Out an MLM/Network Marketing Opportunity By Scott Allen “Become a Millionaire!” “Make Money 24 Hours a Day” “Instant Success!” The headlines are certainly enticing, especially in today’s troubled economic climate. The idea of making money right away without any …

Privacy Anonymity [Video]

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How Does Privacy Differ From Anonymity, And Why Are Both Important? Privacy and anonymity are two different concepts. They are both increasingly necessary as we get increasingly wiretapped and tracked, legally so or not, and it’s important to understand why they are an integral part of our civil liberties – why they are not just …

Child Pedophiles Predators [Video]

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WARNING – Content may be Disturbing to some Readers Predators When children go online, they have direct and immediate access to friends, family, and complete strangers, which can put unsuspecting children at great risk. Children who meet and communicate with strangers online are easy prey for Internet predators. Predators have easy and anonymous access to children …