Internet Scam Alert

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Internet Scam Alert

By: Nick Chaney

Save your money! Watch out for internet scams!

There are a million scams lurking around on the internet. I sure hope you've never been the victim of one, but chances are you've probably noticed a least one scam. A lot of these scams can be luring and tempting and can easily be detected...if you know what you're looking for.

I'm very passionate about alarming people of various internet scams, in hopes that they will save their money! For this reason I would like to take the time and inform you of the scams I have almost fallen victim to.

I was in the comfort of my own home, searching around on the internet for various wholesale information and companies. I received an email from a "wholesaler" that claimed to have a small yet successful electronic business. At a first glance this person seemed to be a legit supplier of very well priced electronics. He provided me with an eBay ID, web address, and a few comforting words.

The first part of the puzzle that didn't fit came when I searched for his ID on eBay. The ID showed up with a very large number of positive feedbacks, but none of those feedbacks were as a seller. That seemed somewhat suspicious to me, I contacted him and was told that they were looking for resellers of their products for that reason they didn't sell on eBay. I thought to myself, well, I guess that is a decent explanation.

I asked many questions, many of which were answered. The only questions that he "forgot"/avoided to answer were questions of personal information (phone #, address, etc...).

I also was concerned because the seller was located overseas and there is not a lot of recourse in case a problem a rised. I let him know and he directed me to an escrow service. He reassured me that by using escrow neither parties would be able to scam one another. He directed me to, at first glance this "company" looks to run a legit business.

After I thought about it for awhile I realized how fishy a company with a UPS-like logo that I've never heard of. I typed in a few variations of global parcel service into the Google search engine and to my astonishment there were very few results. The only results I received were message board posts of being a front for scams!

The moral of this story is to do your research!

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Vilisi 14.09.2011. 20:46

Is there anything such as an Internet Scam Police? I received an email from a Dr Noel Lens stating that I had won a lottery of some sort. Can yahoo or someone do something about these scam people because they really fill up my inbox with these lottery crap. Can somebody trace these con artists and charge them or something?


Admin 14.09.2011. 20:46

100% scam, you are correct.

There is no lottery and no such organization policing the internet.

There is no Yahoo, Nokia, Shell, BBC, Google, Coca-Cola, MSN, Microsoft, BMW or any other company in the entire world that sponsors a lottery that notifies winners via email, phone call or text.

Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time "get the word out".

Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, post up a fake website, read up on how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a fake website, ask questions and learn all about the hobby of scambaiting.

If you google "fake yahoo lottery", "lotto Western Union fraud" or something similar, you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near-victims of this type of scam.


rika 10.01.2010. 18:34

What other ways can you purchase something on the internet instead of using a credit card? I am 2 young to own a credit card but i have enough money and my parents don't exactly trust internet services.


Admin 10.01.2010. 18:34

Hi Rika,

I understand your curiosity based on the unsafe nature of the internet. You might be right but at times it works the other way round. So many people have fallen victim of internet scam due to one purchase or the other and in other for them to curb this menace, they choose the safer way to have their goods and services purchased without loosing anything.

However. you can have items both goods and services purchased now without using your credit card. There are many options depending on what the company choose as their payment method. You can use pay pal, debit card, liberty reserve, web money, alert pay, standard trust pay, etc. All these are means of payment online and it doesn't cost you money to open account with them. If the company you want to buy goods from demands any of these digital online money payments, use it and pay them because it is safer. All you need is to go to their website and create an account with them and use it to pay.

With these means of payment listed, your dream of purchasing some goods and services on the internet is actualized.

Take care,



Bettina 07.03.2012. 18:03

What do I do when my mother is being solicited for money via the internet by someone she met on Yahoo dating? I know this is a scam due to him insisiting on her sending a specific amt of money, then asking for more as well. When she tells him she does not have the money he gets very angry and tells her to keep wking on it! How do I report him, I do have his email address and it is a yahoo account?


Admin 07.03.2012. 18:03

There are scam-busting sites that have online databases of the names scammers use, their email addresses, the stock copy/paste scam emails, phone numbers and stolen pictures. You could start your search at one of those sites.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google "fake romance scam", "fraud Western Union love scam", "yahoo dating scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of scams.

Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time "get the word out".

Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, post up a fake website, read up on how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a fake website, ask questions and learn all about the hobby of scambaiting.


LaLa 31.12.2008. 00:56

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Thanks for your help.


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brita9 06.11.2008. 22:43

How does someone report a scam, is there anything that can be done about someone falsely promising money? A private lawyer from England is contacting people via email stating that they are the only living relative and can apply for the millions of dollars (pounds) left to them. The process is long, costly, and asks for much personal information including a color copy of a passport. How can I be sure this is a scam? The fax number they have given me is 44-700-598-0371 for the Castle Trust Bank.


Admin 06.11.2008. 22:43

That sounds like the infamous Nigerian scam. Actually this scam started as early as the 1920's, read about it here:

Forward such a mail to:
Federal Trade Commission
Treasury Department
Internet Fraud Complaint Center: - this site contains links for various countries

Here's how to do the forwarding bit: click the crtl key and at the same time click the "forward" button to forward a message as an attachment, mac users should click the "apple" key and click "forward" simultaneously.


MARINA G 11.06.2007. 15:39

How can one report fraudulent activities over the Internet? I will like to find out who or what organization is in charge of fighting fraudulent activities over the internet, for example how can you find out about the legality of a online business, a/o how do you receive the proper alert about some individuals, and how do you report it, to what international/worldwide organization or legal authority? I need to know who can you trust over the internet, we have a Business and we're bombarded all the time with these scammers a/o schemmers. Who do I get in touch to report this mess and how can I protect myself and my company? I thank you very much for your information! Marina Garcia.


Admin 11.06.2007. 15:39

To find out if a business is fraudulent:

(2) Rip Off Reports -

To report a fraudulent business:

(1) Rip Off Reports -
(2) FBI Crime Tips:
(3) Internet Crime Complaint Center:
(4) The local Better Business Bureau (need to look it up in the state that the company is located in)
(5) Federal Trade Commission:
(6) If mail fraud is involved:
(7) US Department of Justice:


Splitshot_21 14.02.2011. 01:29

What is the best way to find cheap flights? I have been looking all over the internet for cheap trans-atlantic flights for this summer and have had no luck...
Does anyone have any tricks they use?
Buy two 1way tickets?
Any help would be very much appreciated.


Admin 14.02.2011. 01:29

Summer is peak travel season, so you will find that most airfare is not going to be very low. Especially with raising fuel costs again, airfare has gone up about $100 and more on most segments. "Cheap" isn't going to be a factor for international travel. Many posters have given some good recommendations, but you need to first do your homework. Use travel websites to compare prices. Most cannot discount them any more than the lowest published fare an airline has. Third party websites also tack on extra fee's in many cases, or hide them within the fare and mark it up some. Check what the fares are on several of the sites listed, then go directly to the airlines website to compare.

If you do choose to use a 3rd party site, READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS of purchase. There are a lot of scam sites out there. Some will put your reservation in a queue and process it later. If your reservation isn't process by midnight it is dropped, and they may re-book it at a higher fare, or you won't have a reservation all together. (I've seen this happen first hand for a popular travel site, I worked in their call center.) I recommend staying away from websites that do not show you what airline you will be flying, like Priceline, Hotwire, etc....these websites are strict with their bookings. You can not miss your flight for any reason or make changes. You are at their mercy if you miss your flight for any reason beyond the airlines scope of responsibility, such as a mechanical delay or if there is a weather delay. But if you show up late and miss your flight, you just lost your reservation with no recourse.

Tickets are not sold on a discount for one way fares. In some cases, a one way fare can be higher than the total round trip ticket. Also, keep in mind, some countries will not allow you to enter on a one-way fare. You will have to have a round trip booked in order to enter the country. Some websites know this and will not allow you to book a 1way fare when international travel is involved.

As far as the person commenting on asking for a bereavement fare, that is not suggested either. They no longer discount for that and will just sell you the lowest published fare available for that flight. They may not tell you this...but you aren't getting a discount. The bereavement fare code is usually still available, but it's always higher than the lowest published fare. And in order to use this fare, you have to show proof that you are going for a funeral, or that the death of the person is imminent, so either a statement from the funeral home or the attending physician with in 24 hours after arrival is required or you will be charged a full fare. So, that is NOT recommended.

Book more than 30 days out, and when you shop online, the fare you see is the base fare. If they don't post it tack on $200 and up for the taxes and fee's. Make sure you see the full price before choosing one source over the other. You still have time, so I suggest signing up for several different airline's e-mail alerts to get advised when something goes on sale. Most airlines post sale fares at midnight on Tuesday, but each airline can vary depending on where you are.

If you need some help, feel free to shoot me an IM and I can help you find some fare. But again, fares are going up sharply here in the US, and no real indication of them going back down any time soon. What used to cost me $250 to fly across the US is now $405, and posted through out the rest of the year. Try coming in early May, before school lets out, or in August/September after school is back in session. Otherwise, do your homework, research and sign up for e-mail alerts is going to be your best options.


Georgina Elin 22.04.2007. 17:50

How to get back at an Internet scammer? Some weeks ago I found a guy on the internet who offered to build me a thing I needed but is hard to get.
I sent him the money, and the details, and he was very nice in the beginning. He sais he has sent it, but It's been too long and now he doesn't reply to my e-mails.
I have his name and address, but he's in another country. I don't want to get the police involved because it would be to embarrising (due to the thing he was supposed to build).
I fear he has tricked me for hundreds of dollars. What can I do to get back to him in a legal but horrific way?
No, not Nigeria. Think North-America.

And to all of those who said I should know better: I know this was never a sure deal, but I had a very good reason to think the person involved was a professional and that I was doing buisness with a legitimate firm.

So, no need to call me stupid anymore, I already know :-)

Georgina Elin

Admin 22.04.2007. 17:50

True story: A friend of mine was involved in a Internet scam and lost on the upwards of a $1,000. She was so upset and spoke to a lawyer, the police, and an investor to try and get their help to get her money back. After she spoke to all three, it would of cost her more to hire those people then the amount they would of recovered. Finally, she called the embassy of the country that the scammers were from and got the telephone numbers of all the local newspapers and reporters that lived in the scammers local area. She wrote to all of the newspapers, reporters, and even the police to alert them to what had happen to try and get them to do a story on them in their home country to embarrass them and to possibly get them busted. Well, to her surprise about 6 months later, she got a phone call from the police saying that her letters to the local newspaper made them do their own investigation, aired the report, the police stepped in when the newspaper made a big Deal about it and the police arrested the people. They found her name on some records and released her money from a saving account and she got all her money back....down to the last penny. Something to think about doing!


Suleiman 02.11.2009. 12:12

How to terminate an account which I can no longer access? I have a problem with my old email. I received an email from Yahoo Alert(scam) informing problem with my email account so I submitted my user name and password. Unfortunately that have been abuse by unknown parties. So I want to terminate this old account . How do I ask yahoo to terminate this old account in order to safeguard my interest. TQ


Admin 02.11.2009. 12:12

You have been taken by a scam
and your account has been stolen that is why
you can't access it.
Never,ever give out your Password on the internet or in an email.
click on this link for help.

Or,contact them with this email address

good luck.

RóGéR ???


uncanarddabord 21.04.2006. 00:30

What is the best way to find a good 'job at home' on the Internet? I found only scams like "Work At Home And Get Rich".


Admin 21.04.2006. 00:30

Unfortunately, so many are. The Federal Trade Commission has published some alerts regarding 'work at home' opportunities that help you learn what to avoid, and what to look for. Good luck!

The Better Business Bureau is also a good resource, as is the internet, when researching a specific company.

"Work at home Schemes"
'Net Based Business Opportunities: Are Some Flop-portunities?
"The Bottom Line on Multilevel Marketing Plans"
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consumer alert entitled ?Take This Scheme and Stuff It: Avoiding Envelope-Stuffing Rip-Offs.?


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