Millions of consumers are affected by internet fraud, computer fraud or cyber fraud each and every day.
Scammers and con artists are constantly searching ways to victimize Americans and their families and seriously affecting their lives.
How to identify fraudulent email fraud offers and prevent them from doing any damage.
If it doesn't have the look of a real business or something just doesn't feel right type or copy and paste the words from the offer to a search engine plus the word "scam" and do a quick research. This method will usually disclose any red flags about the offer. Verify the company legitimacy with the Better Business Bureau if you have any doubts before acting on any offer.
Report internet fraud to the Federal Trade Commission ftc.gov, 1 (877) FTC-HELP.
TOP INTERNET FRAUD SCAMS
Work from home. Beware of this type jobs offers. Only 10% of them are considered legit. Check the company with the BBB before getting involved.
Other warning signs the offer is a scam include: guarantees success, asks you to act right away, promises unusual high returns, requires upfront investment.
Wire Fraud: buyers overpay you for an item with (fake) cashiers checks and ask you to return them the difference. Never wire money to someone you don't know. Also known as western union fraud, ebay fraud, paypal fraud, or bank transfer fraud.
Link or Click Fraud: Scammers use links inside an email to lure you to a fake website page that looks exactly the same as the company you thrust. To avoid these scams don't click on links inside an email to visit the site. Type the address on your browser or on a search engine instead.
Always review your bank, credit card and debit card statements for unknown charges. Check credit report, receipts, and packing slips for accuracy.
Beware: banks never email or call you for your account number.
Report email fraud to the Federal Trade Commission ftc.gov, 1 (877) FTC-HELP.
Other types of fraud include: social security fraud, medicaid, health care, medicare, disability and welfare fraud, mlm fraud, identity theft fraud, melaleuca fraud, insurance and investment fraud, tax and income tax fraud, mortgage fraud, check fraud, charity fraud, telemarketing fraud.
Report mail fraud to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service:
Criminal investigation Service Center
ATTN: Mail Fraud
222S. Riverside Plaza, # 1250
Chicago, IL 60606-6100
What is fraud?
DEFINITION OF FRAUD: Fraud is a dishonest trick, a criminal deception. A thing that is not what it seems to be. Also, a person who is not what he or she pretends to be.
DEFINITION OF SCAM: A fraudulent scheme, mostly used to make money fast.