7 billion is scammed from American citizens every year, and that number is likely only a fraction of the actual amount since most scams
are not reported to authorities, said Bill Warnisher of the Lane County District Attorney's Office.
One of the telephone scams
falsely says that the intended victim has failed to appear for jury duty in Florida and must pay money as a result.
Pyramid and chain letter scams
claimed 480,000 victims and 380,000 people fell for prize draw scams
have been around since the Internet's creation.
People in the higher social classes are most likely to be the targets of scams
, research suggests.
Along with other security tips on its Web site, the company provides a definition of phishing, what consumers should look for to spot a scam
, how to decrease their risk of becoming a victim, how to report an online scam
, a list of recent phishing attacks and where to seek further information about the scams
In return, providers participating in the scam
allegedly promised them cash payments and submitted millions of dollars in fraudulent and grossly inflated bogus insurance claims.
If you believe a client has been victimized by a living trust mill or annuity scam
, ask them to file a complaint with their local district attorney's office, the California Department of Insurance or the attorney general's website, www.
When a user tries to visit a site identified as a phishing scam
, the toolbar contacts EarthLink's servers to check the site is still considered an active scam
artists place a large order, which is accompanied by a legitimate-appearing bank draft.
Feeling vulnerable because of an illness was found to be a common reason why people are worried they might be susceptible to a scam
, along with living alone and feeling they are not financially aware.
Senator Claire McCaskill today launched a new resource for veterans targeted by home loan refinancing scams