October 27 2009|09.27 AM UTC

Erik Chang

The Top 12 Internet Scams of the 2000s

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Throughout human history, one eternal truth has emerged: where there are hordes of people, there will be scams. Rarely has this been so evident than on the Internet, which offers special advantages (namely lack of face to face contact) to scammers that no other medium can. When the only barrier between your bank account and an unscrupulous con man is a glass monitor or laptop screen, it’s no wonder Internet scams have become one of the largest sources of crime in the young 21st century. Today we will look back on 12 of the top Internet scams of the 2000′s and what makes them so attractive to their targets.

Nigerian 401 Scams

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One of the most talked about Internet scams of all is the Nigerian money scam, also known as the Nigerian 401 419 scam for the part of Nigeria’s penal code that prohibits the practice. Essentially, these scams are carried out in the following manner: you (the victim) receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be an exiled dignitary, perhaps a prince or queen who was forced to leave their home country due to political turmoil. But there’s hope! With your assistance and bank account information, this ex-big shot can loot a fortune (anywhere from one to one hundred million dollars) out of his former country and split it with you for your troubles. Amazingly, one website estimates that enough people have fallen for this scam that a total of $32 billion was lost through 2007.

Impostor Bank Websites

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Plenty of people were uncomfortable with the idea of conducting their bank affairs online at first, and it looks like some of those fears were well-founded. Using a tactic known as “phishing”, some nefarious scammers actually go to the trouble of creating impostor websites that appear to belong to known banks like Wachovia and Bank of America. Victims are lured to the imposter page via e-mails that are carefully constructed to seem like the actual bank sent them, typically containing messages like “the bank has recently undergone a security audit and needs you to confirm your username and password.” Once you input this information at the impostor site, the scammer has everything necessary to empty your bank account into his own.

PayPal Hoaxes

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The online payment service PayPal has exploded in popularity as Internet commerce became the norm. Most online merchants and all of eBay accept PayPal, and many people now have their bank accounts hooked up to the service’s database. Unfortunately, this has made PayPal’s millions of users into attractive targets for con artists. In much the same manner as bank scams, the scammer sends you an e-mail that looks and feels like it came from PayPal itself. Most commonly, this e-mail states that you are required to input your username and password for a “routine security check” or a similar reason. Those who take the bait soon find that their entire PayPal balance has been siphoned away. And while many assume the authorities (or PayPal itself) have rock-solid procedures for catching the perpetrators, it is actually quite rare for them – or the lost money – to be recovered.

Work From Home

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A slightly different Internet scam is the “work from home” hoax. This scam permeates the Internet under countless guises, including mailing envelopes from your desk, easy money on eBay, and affiliate marketing (which is viable but far more difficult than advertised.) The usual procedure involves the victim being pitched on the wonderful 9-5 escaping opportunity they are about to receive. At this point the victim is asked to pay a fee for entrance into the “program” or for a “course” to be shipped to their doorstep. A popular version of this currently making the rounds is the “I get paid to post links on Google” pitch, which is a grossly oversimplified way of saying that you can profit by running Google AdSense ads on a webpage. Virtually none of these programs even come close to the results they promise, but the sale and purchase of them continues unabated.

Postal Forwarding/Reshipping

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It’s bad enough when a scam endangers one’s bank account, but when it potentially endangers your freedom, insult is quickly added to injury. Such is the case with postal forwarding and reshipping scams. Here’s how it usually works. You (the victim) see an ad online from someone seeking a “correspondence manager.” Answering the ad produces a story from this person about how they run an offshore corporation that needs someone in the U.S. to take possession of goods sent to them and reship these items elsewhere. Victims may also be asked to accept wire transfers into their bank accounts. What actually occurs is that these people order merchandise online using stolen credit cards and ship the goods through you to distort the money trail of who did what. Whatever money you make from this scam is overshadowed by the very real possibility of the FBI banging down your door during the investigation.

Free XBox, iPod, etc.

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Driving citizens and authorities crazy since about 2006 have been the still-prevalent “Free Xbox” scams. The usual pattern here involves a banner ad exclaiming that you have been selected as the winner of a free XBox, iPod, or other desirable consumer good. Clicking the ad takes you to a webpage restating the same promise but also requesting your debit card information so that the benevolent website can cover its shipping charges. By this point you should begin to see the writing on the wall: the promised item never arrives, random charges begin appearing on your bank statement, and as PCWorld puts it “the only thing that gets shipped and handled is your identity.”

Auction Frauds

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According to the FBI, auction fraud scams accounted for more than 70,000 complaints last year – more than one in four. There number and variety of auction scams is limited only by imagination, but common variants include misleading product descriptions that don’t match what you receive, passing off counterfeit versions of designer clothing, or simply not receiving anything after paying the winning bid. Also widespread are what is known as “second chance scams”, where the loser of an auction is given the opportunity to buy the item at a reduced price by giving the seller his bank account information for a “wire transfer.” Needless to say, the only transfer that takes place is the one shoveling the money in your account into theirs.

Spyware

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While not as common today as, say, back in 2003-2005, spyware is still a major source of web-based fraud. A spyware program generally foists its way onto your computer through security holes or as a silent bundle with something you wanted to download, such as a screensaver. Once on your computer, the spyware proceeds to sponge off its resources to serve its own needs, such as by displaying advertisements or harvesting your credit card numbers as you shop or bank online. Insidious types of spyware have included Gator, Xupiter, LOP.com and CoolWebSearch, each of which is discussed in painful detail on SpywareInfoForum.com.

Advanced Fees For “Guaranteed” Loans or Credit Cards

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At this point we should attach a warning: anything or anyone asking you to pay a fee in advance is setting you up to get hosed. The latest in a long line of scams to follow this format is charging you advance fees for “guaranteed” loans or credit cards. To hook you, a professional-looking website claiming to represent Visa or MasterCard promises that a pre-approved credit card is waiting for you if only you’ll pay a fee to “cover the paperwork” or a similarly official-sounding purpose. As About.com points out, “if only one in every thousand people fall for this scam, the scammers still win several hundred dollars. Alas, far too many victims, pressured by financial problems, willingly step into this con man’s trap.”

Lottery Scams

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Online lottery scams are particularly easy to put over on people, given the widespread popularity of offline lottery tickets and prizes. Very simply, a scam artist will send an e-mail (or display a banner advertisement) stating that you have won a lottery – perhaps with a prize in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. This is a fantasy many people are desperate to believe and so it requires very little coaxing to have them key in their bank account information to take possession of the windfall they’ve been chasing all their lives. Of course, once this information resides with the scammer, anything from bogus charges to full-fledged emptying of the victim’s bank account to identity theft ensues.

Disaster Relief Scams

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Most of us are horrified and sympathetic when natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina devastate a region. Naturally, many are eager to offer whatever help or assistance they can to the victims, including financial support. Sadly, the scammers of the world have seized upon this as yet another opportunity to channel our good intentions into a windfall for themselves. Fake websites and e-mails are now routinely sent around whenever disaster strikes, tugging at the heart strings of everyday people to send whatever they can. Naturally, all money “donated” through these websites goes straight into the pockets of a con artist, never to play even the tiniest role in disaster relief.

Travel Scams

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Warm weather brings spring cleaning, new love, and now, scams! Capitalizing on everyone’s desire to vacation in beautiful foreign destinations, perpetrators of this scheme construct websites that promise to deliver you discounted air or hotel fares to the destination of your choice. Usually the victim is promised an extremely desirable rate that expires tonight, leading you to book the unbeatable “deal” right away. What you don’t realize is that “tonight” is simply any night that you visit these websites – the date on the screen is controlled by a piece of JavaScript that automatically designates today’s date as the “last day” of the sale. Furthermore, the discounted rate you receive often comes with strings attached. For instance, a rock bottom air fare might be accompanied by a hotel stay that costs several times what you would get elsewhere.

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Banktransfer March 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

Regarding bank transfers, B of A has a neat service to authorize transfers. It send a 6-digit code to your cell phone. You enter the code on-line to confirm the transfer request.

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Diamond March 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

Anyone who falls for these scams should be punished by the 5150 code (California state code for the criminally insane) Just delete it don’t open it, report it as scam, it’s so easy from any email program. Too many people reading emails when they should be outside enjoying nature, driving some where without a cell phone. Get a hobby.

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JR March 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

I have not been targeted often by these guys but the one that somehow did find their way into my hands was quite clever and a bit too informed. In the mail came a quite official-looking piece of mail addressed to a member of the house. Once opened, it contained a check for over 4800.00 and a letter (signed by the President of Publisher’s Clearing House – Canada) explained that we had just won a sweepstakes of over 500,000 from the Canadian arm of Publisher’s Clearing House. A phone number provided was called and a very re-assuring female voice confirmed the prize and said that the check was the first installment of the pay-out and once cashed (and cleared) would lead to the balance of the amount paid in full. The reason given for the small initial check was that it would be used to help pay the Canadian taxes on the prize and that we were being ‘advanced’ the amount out of the prize money so no out-of-pocket money was necessary. As my kids and wife jumped for joy and hugged each other before starting out of the house to deposit the check I stopped them and decided to call Publisher’s Clearing House. While my wife tried to confirm the prize through the ‘American’ arm of Publisher’s Clearing House, I noticed the check was drawn on an insurance company’s account in Pittsburgh, PA. My wife hung up the phone and dialed another number given only to find out that no such prize (for her) could be confirmed. A call to the Pittsburgh insurance company was greeted by a very surprised employee asking where we had got the check from and confirmation it was bogus. A little research online turned up many similar incidents, usually written after the checks had been deposited and the money wired to the bogus company to pay the ‘taxes’ on the money that was never won. Of course, after the wire transfer (usually about a week) the check bounced and the victim was responsible to make up the amount that was sent to the thieves. My future son in law admitted his parents had been sent the exact same letter and check (only the amount differed of the bogus prize) but they did not question it and deposited it, and were out over five thousand dollars. The lesson is the old saying about something sounding too good to be true – scams prey on our own greed and emotion to work. If you do a little research and stay clear-headed when something comes your way you can usually prevent being taken, even though being suspicious often ruins other people’s celebrations.

The eerie part of the scam was that the check was made out within 100 dollars of the balance in our account, as the check could not be made out for more than the victim had and still work. This makes me believe that it was an ‘inside’ job where an employee of a bank or other company that had access to people’s account information was being leaked and used against potential victims. Every time you hear of a ‘security breach’ (there was a big one at Country Wide before they went under) remember that it may be months or even years before information obtained in one of these heists might be used, and if the company hacked is one you are connected to, expect it to come back to you in some form some day. If it happens to you I hope you are level-headed and take heed of the ‘red-flags’ that are always right there in front of you.

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foot322 March 26, 2010 at 6:42 am

I was infected by a fake security tool which wanted me to buy their product so I could get rid of 32 infections. I contacted my anti virus anti spyware program to get rid of virus. This fake tool rendered my computer and froze my pc. It did cost me but at least a trusted site is taking care of it.

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dillon sparks March 26, 2010 at 6:44 am

Don’t forget the phone calls offering “FREE website design” for your business. Even if you say “NO”, a charge usually shows up from a third party biller on your next phone bill.
ALWAYS check your monthly bills for unauthorized CHARGES as well as calls.

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lauren March 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

This is a great article and I am still surprised that after all of this tiem the Nigerian Scam is still in FULL swing..WoW Like some of the other commentators here surf with caution and for FB and other social media sites would be wise to stop putting so much of one’s info out on the net.

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Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 6:52 am

I am glad to know these things, I have not been duped into internet scams yet really, but maybe I have since I have applied to work at home jobs and personal assistant jobs from crfaigs list, and been sent through mazes of surveys, which in turn create scads of spams in my email box and numerous phone calls from 800 numbers. As for the FBI scams I get emails perhaps 3-4 a day, and have printed them alkl up and am sending them to Mr Rober Mueller (FBI) to see what he has to say. some of mine have what appears to be the real .gov web address. Three days ago I got a phone call about an onsite warranty repair job from Dallas Texas, I have been asked to provide prrof of identity, they can be found on the better business website, appear as legitimat in the google search, but yesterday they sent email requesting my direct deposit information??!! YIKES! I am starving for a job, nearly done in with lack of funds, have no money for rent, stay with friends, and pray. I hav printede out all contracts and forms they have asked me to fill out, and am headed to my bank this morning to discuss this with the banker. What is real is anybodsies guess. I woant a blog, and want to be self employed. What factors prove the validity of any given websitge entity? ;( Gabby

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Undisclosed March 26, 2010 at 6:54 am

Has anyone noticed that if you enter what town/city you live in pretty much anywhere you get bombarded with “meet hot singles near XXXXXX today!” and “find fitness clubs near XXXXXX right now!” ads?

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GramPaul March 26, 2010 at 7:01 am

Funny. I don’t see anything about Obamacare – surely the biggest scam in human history

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pammie October 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

How about cap n tax bailouts and others. We’re all being scammed!!

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Barney March 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

We should give these people wrong information and perhaps they will stop these crimes.

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T. Adams March 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

I keep warning my Facebook friends that the fan clubs for obscure cutesy groups and other internet connections offering free things, but only after you invite all of your friends, is a scam to get our information, but I keep getting invitations and I keep getting spammed and trojans. Farmville is especially open to scammers. I can’t believe that people do fall for these schemes, but the fact they exist says enough do. There is a website, http://www.scamorama, where the scammed, scam back. These letters going back and forth are hysterical.

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Becky March 26, 2010 at 7:14 am

I received an email from “Wachovia” asking me exactly what you pointed out in your article – “to verify my account and password” or my online services may be interrupted. I did not reply, but printed the email and took it into my local Wachovia branch. The manager told me that Wachovia NEVER uses the internet on their customers behalf – they always contact customers by postal mail!

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Joe Polizzi March 26, 2010 at 7:17 am

I also experanced the following”One you’ve left out is when you order a ‘Free Sample’ or ‘Free Trial’ of XXXXXX product (usually weight loss pills etc.) and you only pay the shipping fee.

What they don’t tell you is that every 30 days after they will send you out the crappy thing again and charge between 50-200 dollars each time to your credit card!

Comment by Hana — October 28, 2009 @ 4:49 pm
” What I now do if ordering a “Free Sample” is to pay with a “Gift Card” that has a limit of just the shipping cost.

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TW March 26, 2010 at 7:34 am

One very bad scam is when you buy at walmart/walgreens/or any other store that on your receipt says “take this survey”, usually with chance to win a shopping spree.
I had this couple years ago with walgreens, and by experience, I set up completely separate email acct to try, and I’m still getting 100 spams a day thru that one “survey”. But I don’t use that email for anything else. I’d never put my regular email up for a “survey” or such.

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William Austin March 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

In the early days off of TV, I learned: “There’s a FOOL born every minute!”
And, “Never give a sucker an even brake!”

Thiess mantras often came from the mouths of Pop Jewish Comedians..

I was Mid-West Naive, but soon learned:”The buyers beware”, caution concept..!

Later came: “A fool & his money are soon parted!” How True, every day….My favorite

Example: ‘Escalade’ Priced at; $67,000… A Fool on wheels…

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Kamil March 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

It is a good article. It is better to stay on a safe side. I agree with an author. Our computers are targeted with spam and users are more than often exposed to become a victim of scam. Some of the websites cannot be trusted.

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brad s March 26, 2010 at 7:37 am

what about when they say you have won $200.00 in gas through a promtoin but you need to pay for shipping and handling and the credit card you use to pay with will only be charged a dollar until you receive the vouchers aren’t they just trying to get your card number

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Judy March 26, 2010 at 7:44 am

What about the ones that say you get something free, and then you have to go through pages and pages of ads asking if you are interested. It keeps asking until you say yes to one and buy it. Then it says you will receive the free item, but you don’t. Has anyone done this and got the free item? I tried it once because I really wanted Adobe Photoshop. I went through it all and did everything they asked, but no Photoshop. Never will do that again!

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Rachel March 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

Don’t forget drug and pharmacy ads. Many are scams….

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bil polk March 26, 2010 at 7:50 am

JUST SEND A REPLY AND TELL THEM WHAT TO DO WITH THE “N” WORD, AND WHO IN THEIR FAMILY TO DO IT WITH.

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Robert March 26, 2010 at 8:01 am

I am living proof about these I thought I was looking at a web site for work at home the cost $1.95, but what I didnt see was in the very fine print they are going to charge your credit card $59.84 a month for the services and to cancel you cant do it online you have to call but of course their lines were always busy. Finally got it canceled. They also were saying about the Google link So beaware the company is MHM Harmony financial out of UTAH. I finally got it canceled but they did get one month of this fee DUH me

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Ms.P March 26, 2010 at 8:02 am

Don’t forget the “Secret Shopper” scam! My friend almost fell for that one! Good thing she had me to educate her on it!

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Emma March 26, 2010 at 8:03 am

I seem to be having some problems with my computer ever since we fell for the scam of a “beware virus” scheme. A friend of mine clicked on to site, only to be held hostage to pay $35 to get rid of virus. Norton was not much help in protecting me, and their techs in India charged me $99.00 to get rid of this terible virus that was replicating itself on my computer and keeping me form doing anything.
I’m not sufre if I trust the guys from India becaue they had to take control of my computer and now, again, I can’t connect and have given my password to ATT and am not sure if they are legit. ATT is my internet carrier. Whay should I do?

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diane vuillequez March 26, 2010 at 8:05 am

I report all online scams that come to me to the FBI internet scam site, and keep hard copy records in case they ask for them. It takes a few minutes to fill out the forms, but worth it.

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Peter Charlay March 26, 2010 at 8:08 am

There is one questionable (auctions on line}
It’s called: Property room .com They do send you the stuff
but they send you GARBAGE! Stuff that you throw away.
The price is : one ring $1.00 + 11.50 S&H + tax 1.10 = 13.60
the wrong size. Many orders like this. Cannot return them. Postage.

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Kelly March 26, 2010 at 8:12 am

A solar energy ad in my mail said I could get a how-to-book on building an inexpensive solar panel. $200.00 worth for $49.95. I tried finding his website but could’nt locate it. However, I did find a website that said almost the same thing. So, I reasoned that the guy in my mailbox mimicked either this webpiece or another one like it. It was well put together!
So folks, do major research before handing over your bank numbers. If you can’t locate these “jobbers” or you have the least little doubts as to this someone being legit then do yourself a favor and delete it.

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Dooch March 26, 2010 at 8:15 am

I’ve still got the forged Western Union checks in the amount of $3,500.00 sent to me for my goods on a popular buy/sell site.
It was an overpayment of $2,000.00 sent, and I was to send the rest back. (Overpayment Scam)
Contacted the local police fraud squad, led these thieves on, (and they got nasty when things didn’t go as they directed0, and I believe they were caught at the mailbox site in a large city nearby.

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Tiffany March 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

I had a scam last year where a “collection agency” out of California called saying I owed them about $4000.00. The 3 people I spoke with all had Hindu accents and I had difficulty understanding what they were saying. When I asked where they were located, their phone number and names, they got very aggressive and mean. I asked for their names, and they gave me generic names such as Mary Smith or John White. I know those weren’t their real names. I had my friend call them and ask them a ton of questions and they were swearing at her, so I told them I was going to contact the police and report them. When I got to the Police Station an hour later, and the officer tried calling the number I had in my phone, and the number they gave me and they had both been disconnected! He stated that he’d seen a lot of scams where fake collection agencies were scaring people into making them pay thousands of dollars and never seeing it again. Since then, I haven’t had a scammer call me, but I sure do get a ton of Junk email, I just delete and choose to ignore it all. Be wary of those people out there who will scam you, no matter what!

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Craig March 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

Just got word from work that a phishing scheme concerning AmEx calling with a message to call back a certain number then enter your AmEx card number was, in fact, NOT a hoax! With “responsible” companies acting like the shadier ones is it any wonder that people are so easily confused and fall prey to these schemes?

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Betty March 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

I have been victimized three times by virus that shut down my computer. Now I have one that has even locked out my AVG and Malware protection. I am so tired of having to take my computer in to have it cleaned and pay big bucks. I even had this happen when I had Norton 360. What can I do?

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Tom March 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

Beware of all TV advertised DVDs, albums, LP “oldies”, health and sex enhancement concoctions and appliances, and almost everything advertised in TV infomercials. Arthritis is a huge problem for many, including yours truly. I have ordered a product sending almost $40, and it simply never came, and the phone number given was shortly disconnected. If a product is not available at your pharmacy, or the pharmacy department of a discount chain (Target, Walmart, and so on) it is in my opinion most probably ineffective at best and nonexistent at worst.

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Melissa March 26, 2010 at 8:34 am

My daughter ordered ProActive over the telephone when she received an internet ad and when she tried to cancel it, they kept billing her over and over again. I called them, pretending to be her, and actaully got them to stop shipping and stop billing her. I don’t give out my debit card number, as she did, but my credit card number (the one with a very low balance) so that I may dispute the charges with my bank and it does not affect my bank accounts.

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Frances Barr March 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

I too have a legit e commerce website. My husband is a pastor and we have no insurance, litle income but tons of blessings so..to help him and to satiate my craving for shopping I have spent a fortune on pay-per-click advertsing. no clicks, no sales, but still spending money to try to sell some wonderful product. Another scam to wary of. Free trials for advertising advice.

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Jenn March 26, 2010 at 8:42 am

There are fliers all over my university for a scam that offers you all these student job opportunities. I was interested and visited the website since I needed a job until a huge red flag was thrown up. They wanted you to give your debit or credit card info to pay $19.99 for access to their database of jobs, but they didn’t stop at your debit card they suggested that you could go to a gas station or walmart and purchase a gift card for “confidence in a completely safe way to do an internet transaction.” Yeah right! I’m sure plenty of people fall for this since everyone wants an easy job that works with your schedule, but be smart about it! If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

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ScamMeTwice March 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

Comment by Ian Patrick Buss — October 28, 2009 @ 8:54 am

Ian, from Mars? They told me that it might take a longer than normal time to arrive, due to the distance.

I am still waiting…..

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Gilbert March 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

After reading all of this scam stuff It occurred to me that all any one has to do to be safe is to do your do diligent first before you do any thing on the internet that involves money.

Just know who you are dealing with… I agree with the person above comment saying that one should not make the internet dealings a bad thing… It is not, do not paint it with a broad brush.

It’s the one that is not sharp enough to spot the scams or is in a naive state of mind. If you are one of them you will be a victim. In a big city one has to be aware of there surrounding and be prepared for any thing.

The internet is nothing different it is the biggest city in the world with every walk of life.

But in most part the web is a wonderful thing in this life of ours and a wonderful way to make money and do things you could only dream of years ago.
Gillis

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ScamMeOnce March 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

Comment by Chris — March 23, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

“free,” is a major keyword people use to get a high ranking for their website.

If the FCC was not in-bed with so many companies, allowing the, “We the People of The United States,” to keep getting the shaft, they would crack on this.

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RonG March 26, 2010 at 9:05 am

I just knew that Google on-line work from home was a scam. Already dealt them a few months ago and they were relunctant to refund my 2 month subscription that I was unaware of. I will be contacting them again soon.

Google online work at home. Stay away!!

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Kurt March 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

To Edie: Norton is THE WORST! Their AV software literally takes over your PC and make it run so much slower than it should. Download AVG (free) and install then Delete that crap Norton and never mention them again. I also use Spywareblaster and Spybot S & D. Both free too.

“…after installing $80 worth of norton, they very graciously gave me their own virus. Of course for another $20 we could talkt to a tech that would walk us through the antivirus process. Two weeks later the very same thing happened to a friend. We even found some blogs on the internet that were word for word the same as our conversation with norton…”

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christina March 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

I’ve learned to always delete and avoid any website,message,or e-mail stating “free” anything.(Period) my dad always says nothing is ever free and everything comes with a price or catch.I listen to his words of wisdom and from his long life of experience.

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Ed March 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

You forgot to mention the so called legitimate scams you can see on MSN home pages. They come in the guise of:
“THE REAL TRUTH ON XXXX PRODUCT”. Links you to a site which is no more than an enhanced pitch of that product.
Further, Google searches on products and services link to competitor sites which present a highly professional looking page that claims it is some kind of researching site or certifying lab or some other BS. They simply say don’t waste your money on the product you sought info on, it’s not as good as this one. Which is just a site created by the competitor to discredit the other product. In short, this new marketing strategy is entirely unethical, bogus and deceptive though perfectly legal. The internet has become a disgusting Market Bazaar devoid of any real info. Rule 1:
never buy anything off the TV. Products are garbage and do not come even 30% as advertised. Rule 2: So has the internet. Go to a store where you can return things or sue the store you purchased your product or service.

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Bill March 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I was almost afraid to comment on this site from reading the comments and gave a fake email address. Also, you should access direct to FBI, not to “FBI Scam Sites” or other scam sites listed. After getting to FBI, go to its scam site. But still beware of any and everything. I have used my CC on many legitimate sites but now think better of that, rather send a check or just buy locally. Another scam is the value of the dollar in light of the Fed pyramid scheme of intentional inflation every year, yeah I know it’s a conspiracy fraud but it is still inflating. So, spread out your money in various investments and boy do I have one for you. “Send me a dollar because I know what you did and I will forgive you.” It works. And finally, don’t believe a thing I just typed.

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michlle vaughn March 29, 2010 at 6:50 am

is there any liegit pharmacy online for real diet pills???
Are they the real thing?
I have been scammed before for 100.00 for 60 caffiene pills.

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babs91319@yahoo.com March 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

I paid shipping charges of 6.95 to Hydrolize Makeup. When ordering the product, I specified, DO NOT SEND ANY MORE, unless I order it!!! They said ok. I am now receiving bills
to my PO BOX of $209.00 with delinquent notices. They can’t use my credit card, as I blocked it.

How can I stop this illegal billing? Can they hurt my credit
with the three companies, TransUnion, esperian, etc???
I will Never be so stupid again…

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Anonymous August 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

To anyone that hasn’t had their identity stolen on line and their life taken away and so completely scared and miserable that you cannot function . then leave your comments to yourself. Within 4 weeks my identity was stolen on line due to me opening an email from my bank (my fault of course). My personality wasn’t to check my account everyday due to trusting people. DO NOT TRUST ANYONE!!!! They drained my bank account, by putting money in then taking twice out. causing me 30 $35.00 overdraft fees. When I caught this I took it to my bank, and they caught checks had been written to themselves and all they had to say was prior authorization given where I would sign my name. I contacted the entire freaking USA to report it. Closed my account and within one week another fraudulant check was written from my new account. I closed it and went to another bank.
After researching this I have 11 payday loans adding up to $6000.00 and guess what I have to pay them back because I cannot prove it was them because they hacked into my computer and made the loans from my PC. My lawyer said if I claimed idtentity theft on those the FBI would trace it back to my PC and then I was looking at 10 to 15 years in prison. So now I have to go through a consildation loan to pay them back. And good luck finding the people that loaned you the money, cuz they just sold your information to thousand of lenders. You don’t know who the hell your loan is through and if you do find a phone number you are in luck and don’t expect them to be nice and helpful they are evil. I was getting 500 text messages a day and 1000 emails to my yahoo account stating my loan was ready for deposit or car loan offers, student loan offers you name it. They can also ID spoof your phone numbers. Look it up. They can program your phone number into their system and call their wonderful company on your behalf and now it looks like you called them. I had to shut down my home phone, change my cell phone number and then got a freaking $800.00 phone bill from verizon. I’m only 38 and ended up in the hospital last tuesday due to the stress. And then there are your friends and family who won’t beleive you. I only have two that beleive me and I asked for a loan from my parents and they said it must have been my fault, they are no longer speaking to me. So you that have comments that say it is our fault etc. What the hell did I do in my life to deserve this?? Oh geez I opened one freaking email cuz I am a dumb blonde. Wait until it happens to you. You think it won’t but they are coming up with ways to get anyone and they will. You better be sure you are protected in every aspect of your life. Put fraud alerts and passwords on all of your accounts even cable and normal bills. Do not buy anything on the internet. Do not listen to people calling you hang up on them then have the number blocked. Beware of your back don’t trust them either. I’m telling you this from the hell I have gone through and I have wanted to end my life because I have felt so violated and hoping to god I can prove I am who I am. Thank God he didn’t let me end my life, then they would win. but the fight is not over, even if you have nothing these people want your identification if nothing else to sell to thousands of people think of the money they just made. I have no one except two people in my life that beleive me. I just hope I don’t lose my job from being out for four days due to a mental breakdown. I’m a good honest person and always have been a loyal daughter and sister and friend. And I even get no support from my family. And all I did was open a stupide email and my life and money and credit gone in four weeks. I can be arrestd at any time if they use my name and information and write fraudulant checks or do anything illegal. Yes I made a police report and they treated me like I was the criminal. They said “Well what do you want us to do about it we hear it all day long we can’t catch these guys.” i still demanded a claim number that I had at least come in there. also beware when you get an offer pop up or advertisement don’t just click out of it. They now have it set up that if you just clicked out you applied. Where you used to scroll down and say I accept and check it, well they have out of the kindness of their hearts already checked that for you. You now have to uncheck it if you don’t want it. Please protect yourselves these are evil people and they are coming up with new ways to screw us every day. And to those of you who are going through the same thing and no one beleives you or you are on the verge of a nervous breakdown I pray that God will help you, because no one else will.

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joanne alexander May 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

has anyone done an online survey and been told they could choose a free reward and all you would have to pay is the shipping of £2.95 and then have £93.00 taken from there accont and it shows up on yr bank statement as happy fee if there is any1 else that has done this please let me no as im trying to get an email address to contact them regarding this. the reward i choose was a tooth whitening kit which i still have not received

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Carol August 20, 2011 at 6:45 am

Beware of internet scammers that go after people just publishing their website. Companies such as Future Ranking and others tell people they won’t be noticed on the internet unless they have their company helping them. Not true, there are thousands of website offering FREE help and free blogs and you’ll do much better and not lose money.

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