Top 10 Scams & Schemes of 2014

On March 30, 2014, in Blog, Scam & Fraud, by sieditor
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Consumer, employee or even seniors that are desperate to earn some extra cash were regular victims of frauds, scams, hackers and dishonest businesses. Scammers are on the move and many Americans are falling victims. According to a FINRA Investor Education Foundation that more than 8 in 10 consumers have received a potentially fraudulent offer. Below are the top 10 scams on 2014 an article by consumerfraudreporting.org

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  1. Medical Alert Scam – This is a telemarketing scam that promises a ‘free’ medical alert system, that scam targeted seniors and caretakers. The robocalls claimed to be offering the medical alert devices and system free of charge because a family member or friend had already paid for it. In many cases, seniors were asked to provide their bank account or credit information to ‘verify’ their identity and, as a result, were charged the monthly $35 service fee. The system, of course, never arrived and the seniors were left with a charge they had trouble getting refunded. Easy rule of thumb – be wary of ‘free’ offers that require your personal information upfront and always verify with the supposed friend or family member that the caller says paid for the service.
  2. Ebay / Auction Reseller Scam – Scammers posing as buyers convice sellers into shipping goods prior to receiving payment. Usually the fake buyer claims it’s an ’emergency’ like a child’s birthday and asks the seller to ship the same day. The seller receives an email that appears as though it came from PayPal for the payment, but emails like that are easy for scammers to fake.
  3. Arrest Warrant Scam – Scammers create a fake Caller ID, which allows them to call you and appear to be calling from a local police, sheriff or other law enforcement agency. They say there is a warrant out for your arrest, but that you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges. Of course, these scammers don’t take credit cards; only a Western Union Moneygram, other wire transfer or pre-paid debit card will do.
  4. Invisible Home Improvements – In addition to email, mail and phone, scammers now just show up at your door. Scammers posing as home improvement contractors come door-to-door sale and target seniors, those who live alone, and victims of weather-related disasters are common targets
  5. Casting Call Scam – Scammers pose as agents or talent scouts looking for actors, singers, models, reality show contestants, etc., and use phony audition notices to fool aspiring performers into paying to try out for parts that don’t exist.

To read this article in its entirety visit ConsumerFraudReporting.org

Article Source: ConsumerFraudReporting.org

 

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