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Common Scam Fraud Schemes [Video]




Common Scam Fraud Schemes

  • Advance Fee Schemes

    An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return.

  • Advance fee fraud

    Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

    Types of advance fee fraud include:

    Source: Action Fraud

  • Unexpected prize & lottery scams

  • Business Fraud

    Business fraud consists of activities undertaken by an individual or company in a dishonest or illegal manner designed to be advantageous to the perpetrating person or establishment.

  • Counterfeit Prescription Drugs

    Counterfeit prescription drugs are illegal, fake medicines that may be hazardous to your health.

  • Credit Card Fraud

    Credit card fraud is the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card, or card number, to fraudulently obtain money or property.

  • Fraud Against Seniors

    Senior citizens should be especially aware of fraud schemes targeting their lifestyle and savings and follow a series of tips to protect themselves and their family members from fraud.

  • Senior Grandparent Scams

  • Fraudulent Cosmetics and “Anti-Aging” Products

    The Internet has given consumers widespread access to health and beauty products, including “anti-aging” products, that they do not know are fake.

  • Funeral and Cemetery Fraud

    Regulations for prepaid funeral services vary from state to state, providing a window of opportunity for unscrupulous operators to overcharge expenses and list themselves as beneficiaries.

  • Health Care Fraud or Health Insurance Fraud

    The FBI is the primary investigative agency involved in the fight against health care fraud, with jurisdiction over both federal and private insurance programs.

  • Identity Theft

    Identity theft occurs when someone assumes your identity to perform a fraud or other criminal act.

  • Internet Auction Fraud

    Consumers are strongly cautioned against entering into Internet auction transactions with subjects exhibiting irregular behavior or making odd payment requests.

  • Internet Fraud

    Internet fraud is the use of Internet services or software with Internet access to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them.

  • Investment Fraud

    Investment fraud is an offer using false or fraudulent claims to solicit investments or loans, or providing for the purchase, use, or trade of forged or counterfeit securities.

  • Letter of Credit Fraud

    Letters of credit frauds are often attempted against banks by providing false documentation to show that goods were shipped when, in fact, no goods or inferior goods were shipped.

  • Market Manipulation (“Pump and Dump”) Fraud

    This scheme—commonly referred to as a “pump and dump”—creates artificial buying pressure for a targeted security, generally a low-trading volume issuer in the over-the-counter securities market largely controlled by the fraud perpetrators.

  • 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 out of Nigeria.

  • Non-Delivery of Merchandise

    Non-delivery of merchandise is a scheme most often linked to Internet auction fraud, but also can be considered a form of business fraud in certain cases.

  • Ponzi Schemes

    “Ponzi” schemes promise high financial returns or dividends not available through traditional investments. Instead of investing the funds of victims, however, the con artist pays “dividends” to initial investors using the funds of subsequent investors.

  • Prime Bank Note Fraud

    The purpose of these frauds is generally to encourage the victim to send money to a foreign bank, where it is eventually transferred to an off-shore account in the control of the con artist. From there, the victim’s money is used for the perpetrator’s personal expenses or is laundered in an effort to make it disappear.

  • Pyramid Schemes

    As in Ponzi schemes, the money collected from newer victims of pyramid schemes is paid to earlier victims to provide a veneer of legitimacy. In pyramid schemes, however, the victims themselves are induced to recruit further victims through the payment of recruitment commissions.

  • Redemption / Strawman / Bond Fraud

    This scheme predominately uses fraudulent financial documents—often referred to as “bills of exchange,” “promissory bonds,” “indemnity bonds,” “offset bonds,” “sight drafts,” or “comptrollers warrants”—that appear to be legitimate.

  • Reverse Mortgage Scams

    Reverse mortgage scams are engineered by unscrupulous professionals in a multitude of real estate, financial services, and related companies to steal the equity from the property of unsuspecting senior citizens or to use these seniors to unwittingly aid the fraudsters in stealing equity from a flipped property.

  • Telemarketing Fraud

    When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud. Source: FBI.  Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say “no, thank you,” hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC:

    • You’ve been specially selected (for this offer)
    • You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product
    • You’ve won one of five valuable prizes
    • You’ve won big money in a foreign lottery
    • This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else
    • You have to make up your mind right away
    • You trust me, right?
    • You don’t need to check our company with anyone
    • We’ll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card

…read more

Source: FTC

Free Vacations and Prizes, Phishing Scams, Loan Scams, Phony Debt Collectors, Fake Charities, Medical Alert/Scams Targeting Seniors, Warrant Threats, IRS Calls

See also

Scammers know that finding a job can be tough. To trick people looking for honest work, scammers advertise where real employers and job placement firms do. They also make upbeat promises about your chances of employment, and virtually all of them ask you to pay them for their services before you get a job. But the promise of a job isn’t the same thing as a job. If you have to pay for the promise, it’s likely a scam.

Internet shipping scams or the package forwarding scam has been around for quite a while. Several contrasting scenarios are engaged in the execution of this scam, but it all plays out to the same conclusion. Packages are shipped to an unsuspecting accomplice and then reshipped to another address (usually untraceable) in an effort to launder products purchased online with stolen credit card numbers.

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    Reference Advance Fee

    Advance Fee Fraud – 10 Misconceptions http://www.antifraudnews.com/advance-fee-fraud-misconceptions/

    Up-front payment & advanced fee frauds https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/unexpected-money/up-front-payment-advanced-fee-frauds

    Advance fee fraud – paying money for a promise of wealth (419 Fraud http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Advance-fee-fraud–paying-money-for-a-promise-of-wealth-419-Fraud/1400010731444/1400010731444

    What is a 419 (Advance-fee Fraud) Scam? http://whatismyipaddress.com/419-scam

    ADVANCE FEE FRAUD https://www.investor.gov/protect-your-investments/fraud/types-fraud/advance-fee-fraud

    SCAM: The Nigerian Advance Fee Scheme http://www.scambusters.org/nigerianfee.htm

    Advance Fee Fraud Advance fee fraud, also called upfront fee fraud, is any scam that, in exchange for a fee, Promises to send you money, products, or services; Offers you the opportunity to participate in a special deal http://www.occ.treas.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/advance-fee-fraud.html

    What are advance fee frauds? How do advance fee frauds work? http://scamhunter.org/how-do-advance-fee-frauds-work/

    Advance-Fee Loans https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0078-advance-fee-loans

    Advance payment scams Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/types/payment-frais/index-eng.htm

    419 – Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud Scam Types and Variants https://www.nextwebsecurity.com/419ScamTypes.asp

    FBI Advance Fee Schemes An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return. https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes/advance-fee-schemes

    “Advance Fee Fraud” Schemes https://www.sec.gov/answers/advancefeefraud.htm

    Advanced fee frauds http://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au/scamnet/Scam_Types-Advanced_fee_frauds.htm

    What is Advance Fee Fraud? http://www.affcoalition.org/

    A look at different types of Advance Fee Fraud https://stonebridgebp.com/library/uncategorized/a-look-at-different-types-of-advance-fee-fraud/

    Online fraud: Top Nigerian scammer arrested http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36939751

    Don’t overpay to cash a check http://www.mcall.com/news/local/watchdog/mc-check-cashers-fees-watchdog-20160820-column.html

    Police warning after resident duped by lottery fraud Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/police-warning-after-resident-duped-by-lottery-fraud/story-29657893-detail/story.html#wEFYtw8ouSLmeQdx.99

    Advance Fee Fraud Schemes https://www.sec.gov/fast-answers/answersadvancefeefraudhtm.html

    Advance Fee Scams Protecting Yourself From Advance Fee (419) Scammers https://www.callersmart.com/articles/29/Advance-Fee-Scams-Protecting-Yourself-From-Advance-Fee-419-Scammers

  2. Reply

    Reference Shipping, Reshipping

    SCAMS!!! Don’t Ship to Nigeria!!! https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/Tips-from-Members/SCAMS-Don-t-Ship-to-Nigeria/td-p/492296

    Shipping fee scam http://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au/scamnet/Scam_Types-Overpayment_and_overseas_purchase_and_booking_orders-Shipping_fee_scam.htm

    Warning: Fake shipping company scam http://glassmagazine.com/glassblog/warning-fake-shipping-company-scam

    Reshipping Scam http://www.idtheftcenter.org/Scams/reshipping-scams-can-land-you-in-hot-water.html

    How to Spot Money-Laundering and Reshipping Scams http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/money-laundering-reshipping-scams

    3 CARGO SHIPPING SCAMS TO AVOID http://www.universalcargo.com/3-Cargo-Shipping-Scams-to-Avoid/

    7 TIPS TO AVOID INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SCAMS http://www.universalcargo.com/7-tips-to-avoid-international-shipping-scams/

    How to Avoid Online Car Shipping Scams How to avoid getting conned by fraudsters targeting online car sales http://www.autoshippers.co.uk/car_shipping_scam.htm

    Hijacked Accounts Lead to New Shipping Scams New shipping scams are among the latest con tricks targeting small firms: http://www.scambusters.org/shippingscams.html

    Re-shipping scam can turn job seekers into unwitting criminals http://www.waff.com/story/25034260/re-shipping-scam-can-turn-job-seekers-into-unwitting-criminals

    Avoiding unethical movers: Millennials are prime target for moving scammers, http://newsok.com/article/5514896

    Work-at-Home Scams DID YOU ACCEPT A JOB TO RESHIP MERCHANDISE? OR DID YOU ACCEPT A JOB TO RESHIP POSTAL MONEY ORDERS? https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/ReshippingScam.html

    Common Scams in the Shipping Industry http://internetcrimefightersorg.com/common-shipping-scams/

    Reshipping https://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx#item-16

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    Reference Job Employment Scms

    10 Signs a Job Is a Scam http://mashable.com/2013/10/05/10-signs-a-job-is-a-scam/#OiSn.cv05kq4

    7 Signs Your Dream Craigslist Job Is a Scam https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/7-signs-dream-craigslist-job-scam/

    Local BBB cautions new graduates to avoid job scams http://newsok.com/article/5494766

    Jobseekers fraud warning – How To Avoid Online Job Scams – See more at: http://www.diamondrg.com/Latest-News/How-To-Avoid-Online-Job-Scams-8560-90836.html#sthash.JMLI6Zlt.dpuf

    Jobs & employment https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/jobs-investment/jobs-employment

    How to Avoid 5 Major Types of Online Job Scams http://www.job-hunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/job-search-scams.shtml

    Job Scams https://www.consumer.gov/jobscams#!what-it-is

    How to determine if a job offer is a scam http://careerminer.infomine.com/scammers-are-constantly-on-the-prowl-how-to-spot-a-scam-job-from-a-real-job/

    4 Ways Even Millennials Fall For Scams http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercalonia/2016/05/02/4-ways-even-millennials-fall-for-scams/#aa2c5e0427dd

    Criminals targeting students in employment scams http://fox61.com/2016/05/09/criminals-targeting-students-in-employment-scams/

    Here’s how scammers try to rob job seekers http://www.app.com/story/money/business/consumer/press-on-your-side/2016/05/10/heres-how-scammers-try-rob-job-seekers/84177138/

    Call Christina warns of work-from-home job scams Local 10 viewer Calls Christina after fielding suspicious job offer http://www.local10.com/consumer/call-christina/call-christina-warns-of-work-from-home-job-scams

    Correctional Services warn about job scam http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/East-Griqualand-Fever/correctional-services-warn-about-job-scam-20160512

    Common Job Scams and How to Avoid Them http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/a/jobscams.htm

    Authorities investigate twin job placement scams http://www.hrdmag.com.sg/news/authorities-investigate-twin-job-placement-scams-216035.aspx

    6 Scams to Watch Out for This Summer http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-levin/6-scams-to-watch-out-for_b_10034842.html

    TDCI warns job seekers to be wary of summer job scam http://clarksvillenow.com/local/tdci-warns-job-seekers-wary-summer-job-scams/

    Data Entry Scams Data entry scams come in many forms, but they all want one thing–your money! http://workathomemoms.about.com/od/workathomescams/a/Data-Entry-Scams.htm
    Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/a/top-10-internet-job-scams.htm

    List of Fake Job Scam Examples Examples of Fake Job Scams You Should Avoid http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/a/fake-job-scams.htm

    What is a job scam? https://www.consumer.gov/jobscams

    FBI Work-at-Home Scams Job One: Do Not Take the Bait https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2009/april/workathome_041709

    Jobs & employment https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/jobs-investment/jobs-employment

    FTC Job Scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0243-job-scams

    Summer job seekers warned of possible online hiring scams http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/32346763/summer-job-seekers-warned-of-possible-online-hiring-scams

    Tis the season to beware of employment scams Amid a surge in false job ads and financial losses for victims, a warning from police to be vigilant and never to give out person information is timely http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1984566/tis-season-beware-employment-scams

    Job scams Consumers and businesses should be on the lookout for the following job scams… http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/job-emploi-eng.htm

    Watchful Eye Consumer Alert: Summer job scams http://www.knoxnews.com/news/crime-courts/watchful-eye-consumer-alert-summer-job-scams-369774b5-5c32-0df8-e053-0100007ff581-385381171.html

    Many Sarawakians cheated by job offers in Singapore http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/many-sarawakians-cheated-job-offers-singapore-110077

    Consumer alert! Beware of summer job scams http://wreg.com/2016/07/06/consumer-alert-beware-of-summer-job-scams/

    Consumer tips: Looking for a job this summer? Don’t fall for this scam http://www.wacotrib.com/a/consumer-tips-looking-for-a-job-this-summer-don-t/article_29f6c450-46bd-5462-87e4-21132ed260db.html

    New fake employment scam making the rounds http://mytoba.ca/featured/new-fake-employment-scam-making-rounds/

    Vic scams targeting job seekers http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/vic-scams-targeting-job-seekers/news-story/874146a68ee536f18e0dbade7601707e

    Is that job application legitimate? How to spot a job scam http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/local-news/is-that-job-application-legitimate-how-to-spot-a-job-scam-1-8010008

    LinkedIn the webs most popular site for job search haven for scammers targeting job hunters http://www.inquisitr.com/3301110/linkedin-the-webs-most-popular-site-for-job-search-haven-for-scammers-targeting-job-hunters/

    Scammers target job advertisements through social media The Department of Consumer Protection says scammers are now targeting job-seekers through social media http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-14/scammers-target-job-advesrtisements/7630654

    Scams and schemes abound for job seekers http://www.kristv.com/story/32478468/scams-and-schemes-abound-for-job-seekers

    Consumer Alert: Beware of scams while applying for jobs http://newjersey.news12.com/news/consumer-alert-beware-of-scams-while-applying-for-jobs-1.12081361

    Employment scam targeting young job seekers by asking for $250 training program payment http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/employment-scam-targeting-young-job-seekers-by-asking-for-250-training-program-payment/news-story/5cb00a066b5ccd13f114c3c9fa4dab99

    State warns to beware of summer job scams http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local/state-warns-to-beware-of-summer-job-scams-34c98651-c1f9-453a-e053-0100007f0cb2-387977532.html

    Scammers target jobseekers on recruitment websites http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-24/hold-sun-job-seekers-being-scammed-on-legit-websites/7654804

    Crooks using reputable website LinkedIn to scam job-seekers http://www.waaytv.com/appnews/crooks-using-reputable-website-linkedin-to-scam-job-seekers/article_f645fa9e-47aa-11e6-9974-3fe1cb364035.html

    Scammers continue to target North Sea oil and gas workers https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/115509/scammers-continue-target-north-sea-oil-gas-workers/

    College student calls Christina after hit with summer job scam offer http://www.local10.com/consumer/call-christina/college-student-calls-christina-after-hit-with-summer-job-scam-offer

    Department of Labor & Training Warns Job Seekers of Fake Recruiter Scam http://www.golocalprov.com/business/department-of-labor-training-warns-job-seekers-of-fake-recruiter-scam

    Lieutenant Governor Warns Consumers of Online Job Search Scam http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-government/2016/07/28/lieutenant-governor-warns-consumers-online-job-search-scam

    World’s Biggest Scams You Need to Know [Infographic] http://blog.pawnhero.ph/worlds-biggest-scams-you-need-to-know/

  4. Reply

    Reference Telemarketing, Phone Scams

    Telephone Scams Fraud and scams involving telephone services. http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/telephone.asp

    Mobile phone fraud involves a variety of scams that either persuade you to buy phone-related products/services that turn out to be substandard or non-existent; or to make phone calls or texts to premium services by accident; or to unknowingly sign up to expensive subscription services. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/protect-yourself/mobile-phone-fraud

    Just hang up on phone scammers https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/get-there/just-hang-up-on-phone-scammers/2016/08/19/c56ff830-6324-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html

    The 10 Most Common Cell Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them http://www.scambusters.org/cellphone.html

    IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-warns-of-pervasive-telephone-scam

    6 phone scams you should know about http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/home-safety-and-security/phone-scams/common-phone-scams/

    Phone scams http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/phone-scams

    RoboCalls https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0025-robocalls

  5. Reply

    Reference Impostor Scams

    The Grate Pretenders https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/grate-pretenders

    Free Poster – Just Hang Up! On Impostor Scams http://scamjamoregon.com/free-poster-just-hang-up/

    Who’s on the other end of that line? An imposter trying to separate you from your money. http://www.fraud.org/imposter_scams

    New FTC Resources Warn Consumers About Imposter Scams KNOW WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR SO YOU DON’T BECOME A SCAM VICTIM https://www.ncconsumer.org/news-articles/new-ftc-resources-warn-consumers-about-imposter-scams.html

    How to Spot IRS Imposter Scams http://www.bbb.org/northern-alabama/news-events/consumer-tips/2016/06/how-to-spot-irs-imposter-scams/

    FTC: Imposter scams, identity theft, and debt collection top consumer grumbles http://www.networkworld.com/article/3039912/security/ftc-imposter-scams-identity-theft-and-debt-collection-top-consumer-grumbles.html

    3 Ways to Spot a Government Imposter Scam http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/fl/3-Ways-to-Spot-a-Government-Imposter-Scam.htm

    Imposter Scams Pass it On https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0035-pass-it-imposter-scams

    Impostor Scams Consumer Information https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0037-imposter-scams

    Government Imposter Scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0048-government-imposter-scams

    Impostor – The Grate Pretenders https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/grate-pretenders

    Impostor Scams Surpassed Identity Theft for the First Time Ever Last Year (2016) http://fortune.com/2017/03/03/identity-theft-imposter-scams-cybersecurity/

  6. Reply

    Reference Lottery, Sweepstakes Scams

    Inside the Biggest Lottery Scam Ever A locked room, a fat suit, and a pump-and-dump stock scheme: They’re all part of what the cops say is the ultimate attempt to rig the lotto. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/07/inside-the-biggest-lottery-scam-ever.html

    Lottery Scams – How to Recognize Them Read more at http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/lotteries.php#fv26F1SuzTy9xSkq.99

    The Ten Most Common Lottery Scams https://www.lottoland.com.au/magazine/the-ten-most-common-lottery-scams.html

    Avoiding a Lottery Scam https://www.lottery.co.uk/scams

    STEPS TO AVOID SCAMS If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. You cannot win if you don’t play. Do not get played by con artists! Be aware of the scams and avoid them. http://www.calottery.com/sled/lotto-scams https://www.txlottery.org/export/sites/lottery/Winners/Player_Protection/Lottery_Scams/

    Ensuring a fair Lottery for the nation http://www.natlotcomm.gov.uk/information-for-players/faqs/lottery-scams-faq.html

    Steer Clear of Scams with these Tips from the Texas Lottery Commission https://www.txlottery.org/export/sites/lottery/Winners/Player_Protection/Lottery_Scams/

    International Lottery Scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams

    UK Lottery E-mail Scams Warning http://lottery.merseyworld.com/Info/Scam.html

    Beware of fake lottery scams http://www.megamillions.com/lottery-scams

    Lottery scams Lottery, sweepstake or prize draw fraud happens after fraudsters contact you to tell you you’ve won a large sum of money in an international lottery, sweepstake or other prize draw. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud_protection/lottery_fraud

    Unexpected prize & lottery scams Unexpected prize and lottery scams work by asking you to pay some sort of fee in order to claim your prize or winnings from a competition or lottery you never entered. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/unexpected-winnings/unexpected-prize-lottery-scams

    Sweepstakes and Lottery Scams Watch out for Powerball Jackpot scams Where there is big money and publicity, scammers are sure to follow https://www.consumeraffairs.com/sweepstakes-and-lottery-scams

    U.S. Postal Inspectors warn seniors against sweepstakes scams: You’re a Guaranteed Loser! https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/victim.htm

    Remember: You do not have to pay to enter a sweepstakes or collect a prize. If you’re asked to pay, the sweepstakes is a scam.https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/sweepstk.htm

    Unexpected prize and lottery scams work by asking you to pay some sort of fee in order to claim your prize or winnings from a competition or lottery you never entered. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/unexpected-winnings/unexpected-prize-lottery-scams

    How to Tell if You Won or Are Being Scammed Questions you should ask before responding to a win notice. https://www.thebalance.com/did-you-win-or-are-you-being-scammed-886967

    Prize Scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0199-prize-scams

    12 Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams How to tell the difference between a real sweepstakes win and a scam. https://www.thebalance.com/warning-signs-of-sweepstakes-scams-886996

    Who is hurt the most by sweepstakes scams and how to avoid it http://wpri.com/2016/09/27/who-is-hurt-the-most-by-sweepstakes-scams-and-how-to-avoid-it/

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    Reference Nigerian 419 Scams

    What I Learned Hanging Out With Nigerian Email Scammers
    On a recent trip to the West African country, two fraudsters schooled me in the tricks of their trade.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/what-i-learned-from-nigerian-scammers

    New ‘Nigerian Prince’ Email Scams Are Making Their Rounds http://www.ubergizmo.com/2016/02/new-nigerian-prince-email-scams/

    This Nigerian scam is literally out of this world http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2016/02/12/this-nigerian-scam-is-literally-out-of-this-world/#gref

    SCAM: The Nigerian Advance Fee Scheme http://www.scambusters.org/nigerianfee.html

    Nigeria says $15 billion stolen in security scams by Jonathan govt, three times more than earlier estimates The looted amount “is more than half of the current foreign reserves” of Africa’s largest economy http://mgafrica.com/article/2016-05-03-nigeria-says-15-billion-stolen-in-security-scams-by-jonathan-govt-three-times-more-than-earlier-estimates

    THE ORIGINS OF NIGERIA’S NOTORIOUS 419 SCAMS http://www.newsweek.com/origins-nigerias-notorious-419-scams-456701

    Romance scam group busted http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1798088

    Nigerian crime and corruption No fantasy Why it became so ubiquitous http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21698631-why-it-became-so-ubiquitous-no-fantasy

    Kiln woman, three others admit running Nigerian scams Victims were targeted via mail, email, online advertising. Identities stolen, fake cr cards made Ill-gotten goods re-shipped overseas http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/crime/article68017467.html#storylink=cpy

    FBI Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

    What is a “419” Scam http://www.419eater.com/html/419faq.htm

    Welcome to the world of Scambaiting! http://www.419eater.com/

    Nigerian Scam Scammers offer to give away free money for helping them move large sums to American banks. http://www.snopes.com/fraud/advancefee/nigeria.asp

    Nigerians nabbed for dating scam http://citizen.co.za/1194835/nigerians-nabbed-for-dating-scam/

    World’s Biggest Scams You Need to Know [Infographic] http://blog.pawnhero.ph/worlds-biggest-scams-you-need-to-know/

    Who Made That Nigerian Scam? https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/magazine/who-made-that-nigerian-scam.html?_r=0

    The “Nigerian” Email Scam So-called “Nigerian” email scams are characterized by convincing sob stories, unfailingly polite language, and promises of a big payoff. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0002l-nigerian-email-scam

    Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/faking-it-scammers-tricks-steal-your-heart-and-money

    Welcome to Romance Scam! Dedicated to fighting Nigerian and Russian romance scammers. http://www.romancescam.com/

    I went to Nigeria to meet the man who scammed me http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37632259

    Nigerian 419 scam https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/unexpected-money/nigerian-scams

    What is a 419 (Advance-fee Fraud) Scam? http://whatismyipaddress.com/419-scam

    Nigerian 419 scam https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/unexpected-money/nigerian-scams

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    Reference Pet Scams

    9 Investigates: Pet scammers demand payments, don’t deliver on puppieshttp://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/action-9-pet-scammers-demand-payments-dont-deliver/52958862
    8 On Your Side: Warning! Pet Sale Scams http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/8-on-your-side-warning-pet-sale-scams
    Pet Detectives, Read On! 4 Pet Scams to Watch Out For http://www.nohoartsdistrict.com/lifestyle/pets-district/item/3088-pet-detectives-read-on-4-pet-scams-to-watch-out-for
    Don’t fall for this Facebook pet scam http://www.komando.com/happening-now/327294/dont-fall-for-this-facebook-pet-scam
    AVOID SCAMS WHEN BUYING PETS ON CRAIGSLIST http://www.nwnews.com/index.php/local/news/12472-avoid-scams-when-buying-pets-on-craigslist
    A Cute, Cuddly Rip Off? It’s a Puppy Scam http://www.bbb.org/council/news-events/bbb-scam-alerts/2016/01/a-cute-cuddly-rip-off-its-a-puppy-scam/
    Florence police warn residents of Internet ‘pet scams’ involving purebred dogs http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2016/01/florence_police_warn_residents.html
    Better Business Bureau says online puppy sale scams on the rise http://globalnews.ca/news/2530626/better-business-bureau-says-online-puppy-sale-scams-on-the-rise/
    Online puppy scams target pet buyers with fake ads and false promises http://komonews.com/news/consumer/online-puppy-scams-target-pet-buyers-with-fake-ads-and-false-promises
    Fake websites steal photos for puppy scams, BBB says http://www.channel3000.com/news/fake-websites-steal-photos-for-puppy-scams-bbb-says/39943754
    Beware of Internet Pet Scams http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/pets/dr-fox/beware-of-internet-pet-scams/article_a3364d30-b84b-5c91-914b-175b9b6c91bb.html
    FTC Warns Against Puppy Scams http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/ftc-warns-against-puppy-scams
    Growl! Bark! Puppy scams aren’t cute http://www.app.com/story/money/business/consumer/press-on-your-side/2016/01/19/puppy-scams/78793686/
    Beware of Online Puppy Love Scammers take your money but never send the dog http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-06-2011/puppies-for-sale-scam-alert.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
    Pet Scam: The Animal Control Officer Who Wants Cash http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/06/pet-scam-the-animal-control-officer-who-wants-cash/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
    Dognapping Up in a ‘Ruff’ Economy http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-09-2011/stealing-dogs-for-reward-money.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
    Man’s Best Friend Used in Pet Scams http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/14/mans-best-friend-used-in-pet-scams/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
    How to Spot and Avoid Online Pet Scams Crooks are taking advantage of people looking to get, or find, a dog or cat http://www.safebee.com/family/how-spot-and-avoid-online-pet-scams
    Internet Pet Scams http://www.nspca.co.za/internet-pet-scams/
    Internet pet scams you should be aware of…! See the animal first, FACE TO FACE, Do NOT pay funds overseas, Do not “wire” funds http://www.petsonthenet.co.nz/scam
    7 Top Pet Scams That Cost Money and Even Animal
    A new dog…and scammers’ old tricks https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/new-dogand-scammers-old-tricks
    Consumer Scam: Internet Pet Sales Why you should never buy a pet onlinehttp://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/internet_pet_scams.html
    Shaved cat passed off as Sphynx, warns pet scam victim http://www.mystatesman.com/lifestyles/pets/shaved-cat-passed-off-sphynx-warns-pet-scam-victim/hVA57rxtjY3FW0NCG9om9N/
    Fake pedigree pet scams on rise http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-38286758

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    Reference Senior Grandparent Scams

    How to Guard Against Common Scams That Target Seniors Hundreds of thousands of older Americans are victims of financial fraud and theft every year. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/10/27/how-to-guard-against-common-scams-that-target-seniors

    Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Avoid Them http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/3-8-14-senior-scams-how-to-avoid/

    These scammers are targeting your elderly parents http://www.cnbc.com/2015/02/17/these-scammers-are-targeting-your-elderly-parents.html

    8 costly scams that target senior citizens http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/fraud-5-scams-aimed-at-the-elderly-1.aspx

    Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors https://www.ncoa.org/economic-security/money-management/scams-security/top-10-scams-targeting-seniors/

    Navarre senior avoids becoming grandparent phone scam victim http://navarrepress.com/local/navarre-senior-avoids-becoming-grandparent-phone-scam-victim/

    Grandparent Phone Scam: Oklahoma Grandmother Targeted in Telephone Fraud Involving Granddaughter and Drunk Driving http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-david-crane/grandparent-phone-scam-ok_b_10695934.html

    Stories of fraud help guard against scams aimed at GV http://www.gvnews.com/news/stories-of-fraud-help-guard-against-scams-aimed-at-gv/article_9812ec46-4090-11e6-bb60-7b9714ac1c08.html

    New rash of scams targeting senior citizens http://www.northwestsignal.net/news/article_cedd587f-6354-5cf3-83b9-8cf18468b2c3.html

    Police See Familiar Pattern in Scams Targeting Elderly Scams involving law enforcement impersonators are becoming more common; police will never ask people to pay fines and fees with gift cards. http://patch.com/michigan/bloomfield-mi/police-see-familiar-pattern-scams-targeting-elderly

    New twist on grandparent scam leaves Tampa family frightened http://wfla.com/2016/07/08/new-twist-on-grandparent-scam-leaves-tampa-family-frightened/

    Relatives of elders need to watch for new ‘friendships’ http://www.abqjournal.com/805045/relatives-of-elders-need-to-watch-for-new-friendships.html

    SAFE FROM SCAMS: SWEEPSTAKES SCAMS THAT TARGET THE ELDERLY http://abc30.com/society/safe-from-scams-sweepstakes-scams-that-target-the-elderly/1424001/

    “Virtual Kidnapping” and “Grandparent Scams” up this month http://www.kristv.com/story/32418702/virtual-kidnapping-and-grandparent-scams-up-this-month

    Police: SCAM ALERT: Don’t Fall For It – Grandparent & IRS Scam http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/32429313/police-scam-alert-dont-fall-for-it-grandparent-irs-scam

    Collins: Grandparent scams still targeting seniors http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2016-07-15/collins-grandparent-scams-still-targeting-seniors

    Scam tries to make grandparent think grandchild is hurt or in danger
    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/business/article90345732.html#storylink=cpy

    Experts: Scams targeting the elderly a growing trend http://www.recorder.com/Protecting-elderly-from-fraud-2977696

    Edmond woman warns others of Facebook impersonation scam http://kfor.com/2016/07/23/edmond-woman-warn-others-of-facebook-impersonation-scam/

    Top 10 scams targeting seniors http://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/lifestyles/top-scams-targeting-seniors/article_668677b6-529b-11e6-a354-0f0c7464450b.html

    Fake sweepstakes scam elderly out of thousands http://abc3340.com/news/fighting-for-you/fake-sweepstakes-scam-elderly-out-of-thousands

    Tech Support Scams http://www.courierjournal.net/columnists/computer_skeptic/article_739517fc-528f-11e6-8c45-f35957bed5cd.html

    MILLENNIALS MORE LIKELY TO FALL FOR SCAMS THAN SENIORS, BBB SAYS http://abc7chicago.com/business/bbb-millennials-more-likely-to-fall-for-scams-than-seniors/1444176/

    Scam Costs Elderly Couple Almost One Million Pounds http://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2049997/scam-costs-elderly-couple-almost-one-million-pounds/

    World’s Biggest Scams You Need to Know [Infographic] http://blog.pawnhero.ph/worlds-biggest-scams-you-need-to-know/

    What Seniors (And Their Children) Need To Know About Tech Support Scams http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2016/08/07/what-seniors-and-their-children-need-to-know-about-tech-support-scams/#739116812631

    Senior Citizens – Fraud Target https://www2.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/seniorsfam.htm

    Seniors are becoming more scam-savvy http://www.macon.com/news/business/article98641267.html

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    How to Spot Phone Scams – The Ultimate Guide http://backgroundchecks.org/reverse-phone-lookup/phone-scams

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