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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Don't Fall For FREE

Consumer fraud steals BILLIONS from us each year. To avoid becoming a victim, learn to spot the warning signs. Be wary of offers advertising free merchandise - especially if it is in high demand and expensive like the iPhone. This is what the BBB has to say about it:

"Don’t fall for the promise of a free iPhone

BBB warns that offers for “free” merchandise can cost you in the end

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is helping people to spot and avoid legal, but deceptive advertising that lures unsuspecting consumers with free product promotions. Offers to consumers range from low-end gift cards, to high-value items such as iPods, video gaming systems, laptop computers, high definition televisions, and even the much-anticipated Apple iPhone – despite the fact that it won’t even be available until late June. Last year, the BBB System logged more than 5,200 complaints against online and direct mail marketers. Many consumers complained that, despite jumping through the considerable hoops – which often included buying pricey merchandise and services or providing friends’ e-mail addresses – they didn’t receive the “free” merchandise they were promised or were billed for other merchandise they didn’t want."

To get more information about this scam, or for a great list of recent scams, visit CPB Recent Scams Here.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

This Site Was Almost Murdered

If anyone has seen some of the designs this site has seen in the past....Lame! For months, I was only receiving two kinds of emails; 1. Emails from countless spammers & scammers, and 2. People wanting me to spend my time researching people & websites, which is most likely why they are getting scammed - Laziness. (Although sometimes people just have no clue, and I welcome those emails!)
However, upon checking my email for what I thought was going to be the last, there 3 little emails that turned it all around - these good folks were actually thanking me for having this site. One lady even threw in a "I Love Your Site!"....I don't know about all of that.....the way it was set up....but I highly appreciated it nonetheless.
So I found the spark back as to why I started this site in the first place, and from this day forward, I will stay committed to informing the world about the risks & solutions to Internet Fraud.
Let me know what you think of the new site!!

The Most Recent Scam - Calls/Emails From The Alleged 'IRS'

The most recent scam? Scammers are making phone calls or sending emails to people, stating they are calling from the
IRS about a refund check.To read the full story, CLICK HERE to go to the IRS article.
The goal of the scams is to trick people into revealing personal and financial information, such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, which the scumbags can use to commit identity theft. I highly recommend Lifelock, for $10 a month they moniter your credit & back up your identity with a million bucks. A small price to pay for peace of mind.

The best piece of advice I can give in this situation is NEVER, EVER EVER, under any circumstances, give ANYONE financial or personal information if they contact you. You should be the one making the phone call/email (i.e. to your bank) if any type of personal info is going to be discussed.

Be careful my fellow friends, and protect your hard earned cash.

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