index sitemap advanced

The Fraud Aid Library

9 BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT FRAUD:

Busting the myths about fraud and fraud victims

 

 

 

Your ID Theft Prevention To-Do List

What to do about threats from scammers

Repayment

If you owe a bank, credit union, or store for money that was sent to you by scammers go here:

 Fraud Victim Debtor

 

Scam Victim TO-DO List:

If you discover you have been lured into receiving counterfeit checks or money orders, or into receiving funds wired directly to your account, GO HERE NOW!

  

Have you been lured into a work-at-home job for a foreign scammer?

FIND OUT NOW

 

Lottery and Other Prize Winning Notifications: The Truth vs. The Scam

 

Fraud reports:

How to Write a Fraud Report / Narrative

Choosing the right jurisdiction: File your fraud report with the right law enforcement agency

File a scam email report

 

Coping with the aftermath of a fraud: 12 steps to getting your life back on track

 

 

 

 

9 basic truths about fraud:

Busting the myths about fraud and fraud victims

 

 

The function of a scam is always to sway present action toward future hopes; it is action taken by a con artist to the benefit of himself and to the detriment of his target. - Frank Walker, CFE, Trial Strategist -

 

Scam victims do not look different or act different from any other member of society.  They do not come from any one particular level of society or profession. They are not limited by intelligence or education or financial experience. A scam victim can be anyone.

 

Fraudsters don't look or act different from any other member of society, nor do they come from any particular level of society.  A con artist will be whatever you need him or her to be.  They model their actions and patter to match you and your reactions, your likes and dislikes, your desires and needs. 

 

To a con artist, every person has a target on his or her chest and there is hardly a human being on this planet that has not been approached with one scam or another.

 

To be considered a potential victim by a con artist, all you have to be is needy. Your type of emotional or physical need is irrelevant; a good con artist will unearth that need and prey on it.  Con artists are fully aware that fraud is the farthest thought from the average person's mind, and they bank on it.

 

  1. If fraud was so easy to spot it wouldnít be a multi-billion dollar per year industry in the US and a multi-trillion dollar industry worldwide.  
  1. No one is immune to fraud; no one.  This is common knowledge in the fraud-fighting community, public and private.

  1. It's not that the offer is too good to be true; it's that the offer is too good to pass up.

  1. Fraud schemes are flexible, adaptable, and expandable: they are custom-tailored to fit the target.

  1. There are hundreds and hundreds of scams and scam combinations.  Just because a target has been burned in one scam doesn't mean he will recognize another that is completely different. 

  2. Scam victims can be so desperate and terrified about their losses that they can be victimized by the same scam a second time merely because the new fraudster, using the voice of authority, claims that unlike the previous scheme, his offer is not fraudulent and the victim will recoup his losses.

  1. 7 out of every 10 people you know have been scammed.

  1. There are only 3 kinds of people: those who have been scammed and donít know it; those who have been scammed and know it; and those who havenít been scammed - yet.

  1. The easiest person to swindle is the one who believes heís too smart to fall for a scam.

 

 ▲Back to top

 

 

   

 
 
 
 
 

We are not attorneys and don't pretend to be.  In our experience, the information and guidance offered on this site have proven to be effective; however, we always recommend that you consult with an attorney.

If you have doubts about Fraud Aid, Inc. do not hesitate to contact federal enforcement (FBI, Secret Service, RCMP), Scotland Yard, or local law enforcement to check us out.

Information provided about lotteries and lottery scam: Fraud Aid, Inc. is not affiliated with any pay-to-play or free online lottery or Sweepstakes games and derives no income from any pay-to-play or free online lotteries or Sweepstakes or any of their participating sponsors with the possible exception of a sponsor's independent advertising unassociated with any drawings promotion; nor does Fraud Aid promote or sponsor any lotteries or Sweepstakes or numbers drawing of any kind.


Reporting, crime-fighting, and victim resource links

Title books image from http://newpoplit.com/portfolio/horror-house/

Fraud image courtesy of Stuart Miles. FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Copyright 2000 - 2015 Fraud Aid, Inc.  -  All Rights Reserved

Privacy Policy Disclaimer  Spam Policy