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Internet Scams

August 22, 2006

I have a post on Expo.Live.com regarding Scam activity. This post is fairly prevalent on the site and gets a fair number of views. More recently Microsoft has become slightly more proactive in handling this situation on their site (previously it was a free for all). There are still a lot of people who are not sure where to go for timely support, or who have found information and would like to share what they have discovered. I am offering this blog and post to help with that effort.

One thing that I would like to point out is that there are a lot of scams that claim to be originating from people in Nigeria (and a lot of other countries), when in fact they are from here in the states and the addresses they send you are part of their scam. Please be aware and use the resources at the end of this post to help guide you in the right direction.

I will start with my experience on expo and add a few resources I have. Please give me your feedback here or on expo and I will be happy to keep it around for everyone to benefit from.

The scam I came across is the one where they…

Tell you they will use their Western Union Money Order to pay
Tell you they will use their Fedex account to ship
Offer advice on how Western Union will verify the shipment prior to releasing payment.

If you follow through they send you a label with a Nigerian postal address. The email they send you is not from customerservice@firstdatacorp.com which is the valid western union customer service email address (mine was from firstdatacorp@mail.com).

The Resources….

email support

International Lottery Scams
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/intlalrt.htm

Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams
http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/cyberfraud.htm

http://www.ripoffreport.com consumer advocacy site where consumers who have been wronged can share their experience or read about others experience..

Credit Repair Scam: Self Help May Be Best
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/repair.htm

Beware of unsolicited I.M’s/Faxes/letters or emails from a foreign government official requesting assistance in the transfer of excess funds from a foreign country into your bank account. + Delete all foreign lottery emails and throw away foreign lottery faxes and letters cause they are ALL scams.

Visit http://www.bbb.org/alerts/Scam.asp and educate yourself about scams.
http://www.ftc.gov/phishing
http://www.getnetwise.org/resources/#security

More Background

examples of emails:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/nigeria.asp

http://potifos.com/fraud/

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/doznalrt.htm

Random public comments:

Check with the Nigerian Consulate before assuming it is actually a Nigerian run scam

Beware of users on paypal, that is being used too

don’t “ship” a pet back, that is a big scam as well

They are claiming to be from all over europe too


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