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HOW TO SPOT INTERNET SCAMS

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DON'T BE SCAMMED BY THE TONS OF FRAUDULENT OFFERS OF "HELP" Read on for red flags :

ALWAYS REMEMBER , IF THEY ARE FOR REAL , THEY WILL GIVE YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMPANY WITHOUT HESITATION OR EXCUSE.ASK FOR INFORMATION BEFORE YOU SEND OR E-MAIL ANY TO THEM.

  • DON'T LET ANYONE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE HURTING OR DOWN .

 

  • IF THEY MENTION YOU PAYING  MONEY AS ANY PART OF THE "HELP" , THEN THEY ARE NOT REALLY HELPING YOU.

  • ANYONE WHO WANTS YOU TO GIVE THEM ANYTHING IN EXCHANGE FOR HELP SHOULD BE SUSPECT.READ ON AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SCAMS , FRAUDS ,PYRAMID SCHEMES , AND LIES .

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01/21/08

All for free , no strings attached . Sound familiar ? Go to this page to find out what is truly free and what isn't :

http://freebies.about.com/od/notbargains/Scams_and_Shams.htm

 

  • BEFORE YOU SIGN AN AGREEMENT OR PAY SOMEONE ANY MONEY , LOOK THEM UP AT THIS SITE. IF YOU WERE ALREADY SCAMMED , REPORT THEM HERE :   RIP OFF REPORT

 

 

AND PLEASE REMEMBER

  • DO NOT GIVE YOUR PERSONAL E-MAIL OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION TO PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY WANT TO "HELP" Especially if they say that they can't help at all without your e-mail , address , last name , you paying them first , or your phone number. These are all red flags that something is wrong.

  • Check them out and talk to them for a while.
  • THEY CAN CONTACT YOU THROUGH PRIVATE MESSAGING ON AIDPAGE .
  • You don't have to provide any other e-mail to them.

 

LOANS CAN BE SCAMS TOO.

  • IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY NOW, HOW WOULD YOU PAY IT BACK ?
  • THE PEOPLE YOU GET THE LOAN FROM DON'T CARE HOW YOU PAY IT BACK , THEY JUST WANT THEIR (your) MONEY , AND THEN YOU HAVE MORE OF A  PROBLEM THAN WHEN YOU STARTED.

 Here are some additional tips

  • Be extremely suspicious of all unsolicited e-mail messages from unfamiliar sources. delete such messages without opening them.

  • Sometimes, a careful inspection of the Web sites given in the e-mail messages will cause alarm, but even a careful inspection of a bogus Web site may not reveal a scam. 

 

  •  The best course remains - delete the e-mail messages without opening them.
  • Interview and run background checks on all prospective employers the same way you would expect them to interview and run checks on you:
    Do a Google  online search for the prospective employer to see if there is anything posted about them that may warn you about a scam. 
  • Run a company search on the Better Business Bureau's Web site, www.BBB.org
  • If the company purports to be a charity, the BBB also allows you to search for charities by name at www.give.org. 
     
  • If a charity or company refuses to send you any written information before you commit to taking a job or requires you to make a donation - beware! 
  • Legitimate charities and jobs will not object to sending you written material about their organization before you commit to employment with them or give them a donation.

  • If an organization does not readily provide a valid street address and contact information (for example, if communication is done electronically only), this is also a warning sign. 

 

  • Again, most charities and other prospective employers have valid street addresses or some other type of contact information.

  • Beware of any company that presses you to advance money out of your own bank account - the mere fact that a check has "cleared" does not mean it is good! 

 

  • While the bank may make funds from the check available to you in a few days, it can take weeks before the forgery is uncovered and the check bounces.
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    If you insist on responding to job opportunities that sound like the one described above     (think again ! ! ! - sl )
  • inform your contact at the charity or company that you will not forward any money until the check they sent you clears.  The contact person likely will not respond and will not contact you again. 

  • If you have given out personal information in response to an unsolicited e-mail, review the consumer alerts on ID theft provided below. 
  • Avoid all employment offers that require you to accept checks for deposit in your personal account and then forward payments to an overseas organization.
  • Never divulge personal information on the Internet until you have checked out the potential charity or employer. 
  •  Unfortunately, con artists will use an identity that is difficult to verify, such as an overseas charity.  If you are unable to find out more information about the charity employer from reliable sources, walk away.
  • If the organization claims to be a U.S.-based charity, ask it for a copy of its IRS Form 990, the financial report filed with federal and state governments. 
  • You also can check out the organization by
  • contacting your state government's charity registration office (usually a division of the state's attorney general's office),
  • visiting www.give.org (if a national charity),
  • or if it is a local charity, visiting www.bbb.org to contact the Better Business Bureau in your area.
  • Don't assume the charity  or job is legitimate because of an impressive looking Web site that mentions well known personalities and/or official contacts.
  • Watch out for "red flags" in the job application process such as requests for your mother's maiden name or your date of birth. These are not legitimate requests and the information obtained can be used to commit identify theft. 
     

 

This is another good site for educating yourself about internet safety .

 There are free classes to take . This is another great web site courtesy of Elaine of TSA. If you have children of any age ,or if you aren't sure yourself about internet safety ( and I found lot's of stuff I didn't know) go to this site !

INTERNET 101.

 

 

Here is a site recommended by Emil (co-owner of this site)

It is published by Craigslist .

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS AND FRAUD

 

 

This is a must-see site . The link came compliments of our fellow Aidmate , Elaine of TSA :

What does the NFIC/IFW do? 
  Our mission is to give consumers the information they need to avoid becoming victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud and to help them get their complaints to law enforcement agencies quickly and easily.

 

FRAUD DOT ORG.

 

 

 

 

Another site to investigate or report consumer fraud : 
 
Education is a key tool to prevent consumer injury. In this section of our website, you'll find publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.

 
 
 
CONSUMER TRADE COMMISSION FOR THE CONSUMER PAGE.

 

 

Here is a good article  about fraud by the consumer credit counseling people. Look for the yellow yield sign.

CONSUMER CREDIT FRAUD

 

Here is a good link about online scams.
This one is easy to understand.

Michele Schermerhorn has over 30 years experience in the business world and over 12 years running her own successful online businesses.

She is President of Online Business Institute Inc. Online Business Institute Inc. exists to “Create Successful Online Business Owners One Person At A Time”.

ONLINE GURU OR SCAM ARTIST-HOW CAN YOU TELL?

 

 

 

This is just something I have seen myself on this site (aidpage).

If someone comes online and says they will help you ,and then they won't give information ,or if they do ,you have to light a fire under them to tell you about what they offer , it is a scam.

 


The Wizard has a page all of us
should look at about this.


As a person who is disabled and who gets tired easily , I have to be really careful to keep alert about stuff like this-sl

When you are vulnerable , like most of us are when we come to aidpage , that is when the
scam artists strike.

****ABUSE-WARNING-PAGE BY THE WIZARD****

This is an Aidpage written by Sweet Granny . She has tips and lists scammers to look out for.

SWEET GRANNYS' AIDPAGE

Here is a site that tells why we may get lured into someones scam or fraud schemes :

5 Ways to get yourself into debt fast.

 

 

Consumers information from the Federal Trade Commisson:(includes info about the internet and fraud)

Federal Trade Commission

The top ten SCAMS on the net:

10 Scams-Businessweek

 

Quatloos. The cyber-museum of SCAMS and FRAUDS

Quatloos page

A page on SCAMS and tips on how to avoid them :

Avoiding Scams page on bizymoms.com

Another page on how to avoid work at home SCAMS

Avoiding work at home scams from about.com

The Global Prosperity Group SCAM :

Information about the Global Prosperity Group

 

 

 

Here is a page about identity theft

 This is another thing to watch out for when someone asks for information about you on the net .

This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you Deter, Detect, and Defend against identity theft. While there are no guarantees about avoiding identity theft, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk and minimize the damage if a problem occurs:

IDENTITY THEFT

 

  • ANOTHER THING I HAVE NOTICED FROM LOAN COMPANIES IS THEY GIVE THE SAME OFFER TO EVERYBODY .
  • IF THIS WAS SOMEONE WHO REALLY WANTED TO HELP , WOULDN'T THE WORDING BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT INSTEAD OF JUST CUT AND PASTED ON EVERYONE'S PAGE ?
  • DO THESE PEOPLE EVEN READ YOUR PAGE ,OR DO THEY PASTE THEIR INFORMATION ,AND THEN ROCKET ON TO THE NEXT VICTIM ?

 

I JUST KEEP THINKING HOW CAN A LOAN HELP IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO PAY IT BACK , AND THEN YOU ARE SUNK EVEN DEEPER.
- soulight

  • If you are looking for ways to pay down your debt , here are some tips (on how NOT to do it ):

DUMB WAYS TO PAY DOWN DEBT.

 

 

Here is an article on PAY DAY LOANS -WITH BOTH OF THE ABOVE AND BELOW LINKS WATCH OUT FOR ALL THE ADS. APPARENTLY THE AUTHOR IS TRYING TO NAVIGATE AROUND THEM TOO..

PAY DAY LOAN RIPOFFS

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Many have come on Aidpage to ask for money to help them with the Student Ambassador trips.

 Some people say this is a scam/ripoff . It does seem that if this is an award-type program that the trip would already be paid for .

Sometimes it is so flattering to be offered something like this that we tell ourselves our child has to go , no matter what .

Just check it out and see what this program is really about before you spend your or someone else's money.

STUDENT AMBASSADOR TRIPS.

 

 

Many people wonder what a multi-level marketing scheme/plan is.

Here is a link that has a good explanation of how a mult-level scheme works :

 

MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING OR PYRAMID SCHEMES

 

Here is something else to look out for on the                          Internet Chain letters , chain pyramids and other similar schemes :

CHAIN LETTERS -ARE THEY legal ?

 

 

Here is the Internet Public Complaint Center . It is for internet fraud and other crimes .This is the FBI's  site.

INTERNET COMPLAINT CENTER

 

 

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soulight

Hopeful-Soul You are a gifted writer ! This is a good site ! soulight

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ALSO, GO READ MY BLOG ABOUT SCAMMING, I wrote today! You can also find plenty of good info there, and where you can report Scams & Spam etc. Someone actually tried to scam me earlier today by email. Offering me $500...blah, blah, blah. Night everyone!
"Life Matter's" Topic: Scams & Spam

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ANOTHER THING I HAVE NOTICED FROM LOAN COMPANIES IS THEY GIVE THE SAME OFFER TO EVERYBODY . IF THIS WAS SOMEONE WHO REALLY WANTED TO HELP , WOULDN'T THE WORDING BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT INSTEAD OF JUST CUT AND PASTED ON EVERYONE'S PAGE ? DO THESE PEOPLE EVEN READ YOUR PAGE ,OR DO THEY PASTE THEIR INFORMATION ,AND THEN ROCKET ON TO THE NEXT VICTIM ? I JUST KEEP THINKING HOW CAN A LOAN HELP IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO PAY IT BACK , AND THEN YOU ARE SUNK EVEN DEEPER. Holly

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The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.
THE DISABILITY RIGHTS EDUCATION AND DEFENSE FUND

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This is just something I have seen myself on this site (aidpage). If someone comes online and says they will help you ,and then they won't give information ,or if they do ,you have to light a fire under them to tell you about what they offer , it is a scam. The Wizard has a page all of us should look at about this. As a person who is disabled and who gets tired easily , I have to be really careful to keep alert about stuff like this. When you are vulnerable , like most of us are when we come to aidpage , that is when the scam artists strike.
ABUSE-WARNING PAGE

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Here is a good link about online scams. This one is easy to understand. Michele Schermerhorn has over 30 years experience in the business world and over 12 years running her own successful online businesses. She is President of Online Business Institute Inc. Online Business Institute Inc. exists to “Create Successful Online Business Owners One Person At A Time”.
ONLINE GURU OR SCAM ARTIST ?

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Here is a link to a site that is close to home. This is about disabilities that you can't see. Most of mine are like this. It is hard when people say "But you look just fine." Here is a self-help page for Invisible Disabilities :
INVISIBLE DISABILITIES

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All abilities- a huge resource with over 1,000 links. A page that has links about disablities for people of all different abilities. OK I just confused myself. Just check it out !
ALLABIILITIES

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THIS IS A GREAT SOURCE OF DISABILITY LINKS : Where can I go to get information about disabilities? Untangling the Web Your complete listing of disability information on the Web Steven L. "Speed" Fullmer, Ed. D., age 48, died of cancer August 21, 1998. He was the founder of the award-winning Untangling the Web. As a Research Assistant Professor in the International Center for Disability Information at West Virginia University, he published scholarly research articles and book chapters. He was a world-class guitar musician. He is missed by his many friends and colleagues. This page was last edited on August 16, 2006 . Some web pages may not be available due to network traffic or may no longer be in operation.
UNTANGLING THE WEB YOUR COMPLETE LISTING OF DISABILITY INFORMATION ON THE WEB

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DISABILITY NETWORK AND CHAT ROOM
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HERE ARE SOME MONEYMAKING IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASONS : Bake Yourself Some Dough this Christmas (And Other Ideas for Making Money during the Holidays!) Here are some money-making ventures that you can embark on to make your holidays brighter and merrier. by Liz Folgers Contributing Author
MAKE MONEY FROM HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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This is a massive amount of disablitiy links by a man with SCI (spinal cord injury). Scroll down and you'll see what I mean ! Tons of links for all people looking for disablity information.
TONS OF DISABILITY LINKS

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A great site for those with ADD/ADHD. Easy to read and surf through.
CHADD

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This site is for help with educational/learning disabilities. Mostly for the parents to find ideas and processes to help their children.
FOR PARENTS- NATIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

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could xomebody please send me some infor on free monies for school have been diognosed with add and other issues caribeenprincess@hotmail.com

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Toll free numbers for self-help , financial help , disability help and many other outreach type numbers.
TOLL FREE NUMBERS

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This site has links to almost any self-help/disability problem , or at least a ton of them.Look under SEARCHING THE SOURCEBOOK. The site talks about mental health , but the sourcebook has links to everything , not just mental health information.
SELF-HELP CLEARINGHOUSE

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Thank you for the links WHO KNEW !

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Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Our mission is "To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture."
Through the Looking Glass for families with disablities(moms , dads , kids, with disabilities in all different combinations

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I found some (what appear to be) legitimate work at home opportunities for transcriptionists. The site also lists several different jobs and companies. A great site to check out.
work at home - transcription

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