June 23, 2008
You’ve probably heard of phishing, but have you heard of vishing? It’s one of the newest forms of fraud, utilizing phone and internet technology.
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October 19, 2007
Thieves can steal your identity in many ways. Below is a chart that shows how it is stolen:
October 3, 2007
Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to trick other people. Whether it was for animal pelts, whiskey or money, people are always looking to gain an advantage.
However, when the advantage turns to criminal activity, and people are conned out of money – that’s a problem!
Scams take many forms, but one of the newest scams that is making the rounds works like this. You get an e-mail or click on a link that promises money for working at home. So far, it sounds OK.
You sign up and get sent a money order to prepay you for the work that you will be doing, and are asked to wire back money for software that you will need. That’s when the problems start.
First – the money order that you receive may look OK, but it will be counterfeit and when you deposit or cash the check, it will be returned.
Second – you will be responsible to pay back the financial institution for the returned counterfeit check amount.
Third – the money you wired will be lost to a crook!
The bottom line is use caution whenever you receive a check when you should not. Or, if you receive a check for more than you expect and are asked to wire money back.
The lottery scam, auction scam, secret shopper scam and the other variations have been around for years in one form or another. Don’t be the next victim. If it’s sounds to good to be true – it usually is!!!