How Does Bait And Switch Work?

You may be familiar with the situation. Out of nowhere, you find an ad that sounds too good to be true. The offer sounds simplistic and doesn’t get into detail. You give it a try, go through the process, and the offer quickly turns into something different. It doesn’t take many questions to start hearing … Read more

How To Quickly Recognize A Uber Scam

Greedy drivers. Entitled riders. Uber imposters. There’s no limit to innovation when it comes to Uber scams, and new variations come up every day. By imposters, we refer to identity thieves and phishing messages posing as Uber. Some passengers will “blackmail” drivers to get free rides or unfair chargebacks. Drivers tend to overcharge clients for … Read more

Mind Tricks Of A Scammer

Do you ever think about what you think about? Seriously. Do you consider yourself an independent thinker? If so, where do our thoughts come? From ourselves? Other people? Nowhere? Let’s keep the answer simple: our ideas come from the world we observe. Even though we live in the same world, every person has a different … Read more

How To Recognize a Catfish Scam

They say love is blind. We want to see the best in the people we care about. Because of it, we value who they are rather than how successful, confident, or attractive they are.  Blind love also means trusting that person when others see no good reason to do so. It makes us justify their … Read more

How To Spot Craigslist Rental Scams

Is renting on Craigslist a good idea? Thousands of people post ads here every day for free, often offering the best prices. How? Few things make it different: it’s simple, functional, free, and targeted. Almost every city has a CL subdomain for local audiences. But let’s not confuse low-cost with reliable. Craigslist shows the most … Read more

How To Recognize Student Loan Recovery Scams

Many look at college as a brilliant income opportunity. College degrees open doors to high-demand jobs, which you cannot access otherwise.  The future must be promising enough to justify the cost. “You pay us tens of thousands now, and we help you make far more money years later.” What not many students know is how … Read more

Myths And Facts About Food Stamp Fraud

If someone offered you $100 for $60, would you take it? Of course. But why would someone offer that much when it’s clearly not worth it? Multiple reasons: They may try to scam you after you pay first. They may give fake cash/checks. They try to launder money. Their money has limited/restricted usage. Take the … Read more

Beware Of These Types Of Medical Identity Theft

Have you ever heard of medical identity theft? For those who haven’t, it may sound less concerning than financial theft. It looks like a subcategory with no consequences nor interest outside healthcare.  But appearances are highly deceiving: medical fraud can cost more than just money. It’s easy to underestimate the risk until it’s too late. … Read more

Ultimate Guide To Amazon Scams

Who hasn’t heard of Amazon? Millions of people visit one of the largest e-com platforms in the world. Whether you come to buy or sell, your opportunity could only be a few clicks away. But how did Amazon get this far? Their secret is customer obsession: what’s best for the buyer is what’s best for … Read more

Amazon Job Scams

Jobs certainly require qualification. When working for such a successful brand like Amazon, employees need enough time to make the right recruitment decision. It can be hard to choose who will join the team and who to reject. Because the Amazon team thinks long term, they don’t just accept anybody. Good is the enemy of … Read more

Amazon FBA Scams

Sell on Amazon: too easy to be true? If you did some basic research, you might already know the steps to create an FBA Business. It only takes a few hours to find everything you need to know about e-commerce. Find a product, source it from China, create a listing, and launch with advertising: nothing … Read more

Amazon Gift Card Scams

When was the last time you used an Amazon gift card? Unless you did for special occasions, someone likely asked you to use it as a payment method. Gift cards as payment? The intended use, of course, is to buy on Amazon. Gift cards work great when you don’t know what to give your friends … Read more

Amazon Phone Scams

Imagine the situation. One day without warning, Amazon reaches out by phone. It could be confirming an order, renewing a subscription, or checking for account security. Then, they mention some charges you don’t remember ever allowing.  “If you recognize this transaction, hold on the line. If you want to cancel, press the following numbers.” If … Read more

How To Recognize Amazon Survey Scams

As a regular shopper, you may have stumbled at an Amazon survey promotion. The ad promises to reward hundreds of dollars to the first people who complete the survey of the day. When you first find it, you may wonder why Amazon would want such programs. If you’ve tried to make money with online surveys, … Read more

Amazon Refund Scams To Watch Out For

Selling on Amazon has its challenges. When you first launch a product, you may need to do deep discounts and giveaways. When holidays are around the corner, you need twice as much inventory as you’d usually have. When sales go down, you try to lower the price to compensate for it. Yet, no matter how … Read more

Definite Guide To Chargeback Fraud

Imagine this week your store made more sales than usual. Naturally, you feel confident about your brand: people love your products!  Next week, you check your sales to see if there’s any new clients: you’re selling as much as you always did. But what about the sales spike? When you check, it still shows as … Read more

Definite Guide To Renting Scams

Why buy when you can rent? You don’t need to buy everything you own, especially if you want it temporarily. Renting becomes convenient for both the renter and the tenant. If you rent, however, someone else has control of the asset: nothing wrong with that if you trust the person. In the worst-case scenario, this … Read more

Beware Of These Inheritance Scams

At some point, a stranger approaches you with good news. He presents as a law expert who worked with a millionaire client with the same last name as you. He explains that by using some legal tricks, you could inherit his fortune. Perhaps they say you’re already entitled to the whole sum. But unlocking the … Read more

How to Identify & Avoid Personal Loan Scams

We all experience unpredictable events in our life. From time to time, you may need more money than you have to respond to those events. Get fired at work? Relationship issues? Medical emergencies?  For your convenience, many helpful lenders will offer you generous amounts. Right at the right time, these people reach out and come … Read more

Fake Debt Collection Letters To Watch Out For

When you least expect it, you may find a surprise letter in your inbox. Perhaps you find an email message, or a collector calls to your phone number. “We are this institution. You still owe us this amount of money. If you don’t pay it back by this time, you’ll be in serious trouble.” That’s … Read more

Need to Fill Up? Beware of Gas Station Scams

Many of us have a “bad” habit. We know we need to refuel the car, but because we have somewhere to drive, we want to spend as little time as possible at the gas station. But this busyness can lead to overlooking frequent gas station rip-offs. Machine not working? Overpriced gas? Not a big deal; … Read more

How To Recognize Online Survey Scams

Does it sound too good to be true? Can you really make money from home doing nothing? Almost nothing. Only answer some questions, press some buttons, or fill some checkboxes. Although businesses won’t pay you for no reason, they may pay you for your opinions. Doesn’t it make sense? Advertising is expensive, and you don’t … Read more

Sneaky Parking Lot Scams To Watch Out For

Who isn’t busy these days? As you drive near the parking space, the game starts.  “I have no time for this.” – You say to yourself. You pay to the closest attendant, find a spot, and walk into the building. Later you realize you may have paid a fake attendant money for free parking. Are … Read more

Unclaimed Money Scams to Watch Out For

Who says no to money? What if you could get it for free with no catch?  Most people would believe it’s a scam. Although it’s unlikely to happen, you may find any of these cases: What they have in common is, you first need to participate to have a chance to get unclaimed money. If … Read more

Portfolio Recovery Scams You Should Be Aware Of

Aren’t you tired of collector calls? They won’t let you breathe until you paid the last penny you owe. Whether you pay or not, they may take all kinds of legal actions against you because of your vulnerable condition. If you don’t pay back borrowed money in a while, a 3rd party collector may become … Read more

Beware Of The One Ring Scam Call

You got three missed calls. It appears urgent and you are tempted to call back. What do they want? Many make phone calls by accident, so you ignore them. The caller, however, keeps calling you at random times of the day, always stopping after one ring.  If it’s so important, why do they hang off … Read more

How To Avoid a Used Car Scam: Put The Brakes On!

Buying the newest car isn’t always the best option, especially if it’s your first one. There’s a car model out there for each driver, based on how you want to use it. Sleek? Economic? Reliable? Your dream car could be waiting for you for a much lower price on a private owner deal. The question … Read more

Don’t Get Tricked By These Nigerian Scams

“Give me $1 to receive $5 later. You pay first.” Are you familiar with the “419?” A naive person gets blinded by the huge reward, trusting a stranger more than they should. They give money for a promise, and the con man runs away. Believe it or not, these schemes still profit over $700K a … Read more

Watch Out For These Coronavirus Scams

Why is coronavirus dangerous? Why does it spread so fast? When will all of it end? Are there any virus tests? What does it do to your body? How to stay safe? You’ve likely stumbled with some of these topics since the virus outbreak that was proclaimed to be at the end of 2019. By … Read more

Confidence Tricks Scammers Use To Win Your Trust

Have you ever been in a situation such as the following? A person you trust is acting strange. Your mind can see the red flags, but because you have a relationship of confidence with this person, you create an exception.  “Appearances can be deceitful.” Think of this example: A friend tells you he’s going on … Read more

Dissecting The Fraud Triangle

Have you wondered what moves scammers? Is the answer as simple as “money?” In these days, technology gives us more power than ever. You can either use those tools to create value or deceive people. For others, scamming feels like the only viable option. Even if you chose to scam, it takes effort and practice. … Read more

How to Recognize a Bank Of America Scam

Did you just receive a suspicious email, call or a text message that was supposed to be from Bank of America? How to tell if it’s a scam and what can you do about it? Thieves attempt to lure you into providing personal information with the help of bank phishing and email spam, fake telephone … Read more

Definite Guide to Moneygram Scams

Can you trust Moneygram?  Yes, they can scam you on Moneygram, just as they can on any platform. Like Western Union, Moneygram is a money transfer company that wants the best for their customers.  When we look at the usage of these payment methods that others make, that’s a different story. Even today, the most … Read more

Beware Of These Travel Agency Scams

“Receive FREE cruise tickets to travel around the world, any place you desire. Click the link, fill in the form, and we will email you with the gift!” “The Airlines are giving away free flights to 100s of lucky customers. Get your tickets now and click the link below! Those who don’t travel a lot … Read more

Affiliate Cookie Stuffing With Fake Cookies

Cookies stuffing is an illegal practice that leads to improper credit allocation. In essence, it is an act of fraud by which people can earn illegitimate commissions without doing genuine work. The affiliate makes his money not by referring people to the merchant’s website as they should, but by loading the website secretly and without … Read more

5 Ways to Please an Identity Thief

Would you hand someone your credit card and tell them to go have a shopping spree, your treat? No. But you may as well be doing that if you don’t take some precautions with your identity. Fraudsters are watching you, and they’ll jump at the chance to steal your bank account number, Social Security number, … Read more

The Definite Guide To Law Scams

The United States is the most litigious country on Earth! Americans file on average file a new lawsuit every 2.5 seconds. Litigation in the US is serious business and this shows in the amount of lawsuits and lawyers we have in the country. Each 60 seconds courts around the United States register an average of … Read more

Why You Should Care About Health Care Fraud

How do doctors get paid? Healthcare isn’t free in any country: citizens pay for it.  “We pay doctors when they provide lots of health care, not when they provide good healthcare.” About 19% of the USA’s GPD goes to healthcare. 3.5 Trillion. Why does the US spend so much on health care? Why do Americans … Read more

How To Expose A Collection Agency Scam

Debt collectors are in the business of collecting on your debts. Debt collectors have to employ pressure tactics to get people to make their payments so they can close their account and be paid for their time and their services. While the majority of collectors collect unpaid accounts in a morally responsible way, there are … Read more

What You Must Know About Tax Scams

Are you paying too many taxes?  If so, you may have thought of avoiding them. Say “Yes” to tax reduction and “No” to tax evasion. While taxpayers should never lie on their reports, one has the right to minimize them as much as possible.  Some people take that statement too seriously, like stealing data to … Read more

How To Detect & Prevent Senior Fraud

Elderly adults lose billions of dollars through financial fraud. To scam a person, you need three conditions to be in your favor: Some schemes involve more risk than others, but it’s all about who you scam. A tough target can make the task impossible, while an easy target— the elderly— gives an opportunity. Some seniors … Read more

The Severity of Election Fraud

Who will run for and become our next elected representative of our people? Is winning as simple as getting the most votes? Does your decision count? How do you know that someone has not tampered with the machines or that your actual ballot has not been changed to reflect the way someone or a group … Read more

How To Spot A Sneaky IRS Scam

Tax season + phishing attacks = Hunting season (for scammers) Every tax season a new IRS scam does the rounds and unfortunately a lot of people fall for the scam and have their personal information stolen. By clicking on any link in the list below you can see corresponding screenshots of real IRS phishing attempts: … Read more