Your ID Theft
Prevention To-Do List
What to do about
threats from scammers
If you owe a bank, credit union, or store for money
that was sent to you by scammers go here:
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
FIND OUT NOW
Lottery and Other Prize
The Truth vs. The Scam
How to Write a Fraud Report
Choosing the right jurisdiction:
fraud report with the right law
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
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.
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.
is immune to fraud; no one. This is common knowledge in
the fraud-fighting community, public and private.
not that the offer is too good to be true; it's that the
offer is too good to pass up.
schemes are flexible, adaptable, and expandable: they
are custom-tailored to fit the target.
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
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.
of every 10 people you know have been scammed.
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.
easiest person to swindle is the one who believes heís
too smart to fall for a scam.