Dangers of Affinity Fraud & How It Works

Everyone, in some way or another, is connected to a group, association or community-based organization. Our interests, backgrounds, and other factors will naturally lead us to those affiliations that best serve our needs. Race, culture, and religious beliefs also play a role in identifying us as members of unique groups that we often come to … Read more

Ultimate Guide To Travel Scams

Looking for a vacation? Time for new experiences and relaxation. Visiting exotic places, enjoying good food, meeting new people …or so they say. For a moment, travel excitement and preparations make us forget about the other side of the coin. Variations on travel scams are numerous and ever changing. If you travel frequently, informing yourself … Read more

What Is Adware & How To Get Rid Of It

Adware is a software or software extension that displays unwanted advertisements on your screen. Without warning, it installs on your device and sends visible or invisible ads automatically. Usually it uses a sneaky method to either disguise itself as a legitimate application or piggyback on another program to get you to install it on your … Read more

How Short And Distort Schemes Work

Short and distort is a less publicly known trading scam similar to the classic pump and dump. Shorting is a word in traders’ jargon and means basically selling a stock, currency, crypto or any other similar financial item that can be traded. Imagine some stranger reaches out to you and says: “Buy this penny stock … Read more

How Pump And Dump Schemes Work

When was the last time someone helped you for no reason in particular? You get private information, someone sends money, or finds someone’s wallet. The help received makes you feel privileged. It may be luck, goodwill, and also a hook. No matter the purpose, that gift makes you trust the person.  The same can happen … Read more

Dangers of Chain Letter Scams

The chain letter formula has existed since at least the 19th century. In recent decades, they have gained new life through the reach of Internet and become quite common. You have at any point in time probably received a message on a social network or in your email inbox that promises you money or good … Read more

Odometer Fraud – Rolling Back the Mileometer

High or low mileage cars? On a tight budget, you may see used cars cheaper and reliable. A high-mileage car in great condition may be a great buyer’s choice! “Too many kilometers” depends on the car status, brand, and type. High numbers mean the car is reliable if we ignore the shorter durability and possible … Read more

How To Guard Yourself From Telemarketing Fraud

So you’re still getting those calls. How do they get your number? A stranger calls in a bad moment to sell a product you don’t need. As he presents how amazing the opportunity is, you’re just looking for the fastest way to get out of the phone. But will that solve your telemarketer issue? They … Read more

How To Recognize Poetry Scams & Fake Contests

“Will my masterpiece ever come to light?” — You may wonder. Most poets are confident with their creative skills. They create with passion and excitement about the future. But they often forget about the other side of the coin: promoting. If nobody knows your work exists, you can’t expect recognition or money. People won’t appreciate … Read more

What Is Identity Theft and How To Prevent It

You wake up one day and find notices you can’t explain. As you login to your account, you find programs you didn’t sign up for: insurance, loans, other banks. People reach out to you with false claims on email and phone calls, and the money you saved is gone. Yes, identity theft can be devastating. … Read more

How To Spot a Lottery Scam with Fake Lottery Prizes

“Congratulations, you won the lottery! Pay $200 to claim your prize!” Ever found a lottery scam? You land on a pop-up website or get an email about a prize. The algorithm has blessed you: here are your X million dollars. BUT FIRST, someone needs to cover those admin fees and logistics. Scammers may further use … Read more

Fake Magazine Subscription Scams Are Still Here

Nowadays, buyers may prefer to find deals online, but when it comes to newspapers and magazines, many still prefer print subscriptions – and fraudsters see this as an opportunity. Magazine subscription scams are offered either online, door to door, or as a variation of telemarketing theft where false, pretending to be telemarketers persuade consumers into … Read more

Comprehensive Guide on Pyramid Scheme Scams

The pyramid scheme or MLM (multi-level marketing) seems like a good idea at first glance, but these schemes can be far from beneficial and may take up more time and money than they initially promise. These schemes entice potential sign-ups with images of good fortune, luxury holidays and the chance to start a very profitable … Read more

Types of Check Fraud & How to Prevent It

Even in our digital technology era, many still prefer to pay by check or bankers draft. One reason for this is that people do not trust computer technology and have misconceptions about online banking. This is understandable because of the fact most of these people may be computer illiterate and what is unknown to human … Read more

Definitive Guide to Insurance Fraud

The insurance industry collects more than $1 trillion in premiums each year in the United States. Insurers as well as the insured are trying to take a piece of that pie. When they do it in a dubious way, we call it insurance fraud. When we think of insurance fraud, we usually imagine individuals or … Read more

Ultimate Guide to eBay Scams & How To Avoid Fraud

Ebay’s corporate mission takes a unique approach to trading. Consumers can buy anything they want, no matter where they are. And sellers get a large client base to grow their e-com brands. eBay’s corporate mission is to: What makes eBay different and perhaps more appealing than Craigslist or Amazon? A lot of people are moving … Read more

Cheap Electronic Products Scam

Have you been on the lookout for cheap electronics, mobile phones, game consoles and digital cameras for your own private use or to turn a profit? There has been an increasing hype to buy electronic items at a much lower price than the retail price. Many individuals are looking to buy items for a low … Read more

How Scammers Open a Fake Paypal Account

Paypal is a safe online payment option if you know who the recipient is. Everything is possible to manipulate in our computer world though, and we can do so with paypal as well. A fake paypal account can be opened in a couple of hours and verified with fake documents later on. Therefore you should … Read more

How Scammers Use Western Union to Commit Fraud

Western Union. To use or not to use? Let’s say you have a friend in a remote country who suddenly lost his money and ID documents. Western Union has created a convenient, immediate method to send money abroad. Western Union works great IF you’re the one who receives the money. As a sender, wire transfers … Read more

The Complete Definition of Various Proxy Types

Every time you access a website or connect to someone online, your online session assigns your computer an address and shares it with the counterparty you are connecting to. Why is that done? Whether you are browsing through a website, streaming a song or chatting on your favorite messaging application, you need to have an … Read more