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Searching the Internet for Scam Reports

Many people these days are rightfully concerned about the dangers faced by ordinary internet users. It seems every day brings a new story about identity theft, credit card fraud, phoney investments and other such scam reports. Making sense of all these reports, and using the information to avoid becoming a victim, is the responsibility of everyone who uses the internet.

Perhaps the most important way to use these scam reports is to avoid falling prey to their lures. Many online criminals use the same old scams time in and time out, knowing that there will always be new people who have not heard about these scams. The more you know about what scams are out there and which ones have worked in the past, the more these scam reports will be able to help you avoid becoming a victim as well.

There are of course many ways to find information about these scam reports, and a great many of these reports can be found on the internet itself. From scam reports in online newspapers to newsgroups where the latest scams are discussed, there is a great deal of information to be found.

In addition to these online sources, there are a number of scam reports to be found in a number of newspapers and magazines. These newspaper and magazine reports can be valuable resources for helping ordinary consumers avoid the many scams that proliferate both on the internet and off.

It helps of course to review these scam reports on a regular basis in order to keep yourself informed as new scams are hatched. Even so, there are a number of scam reports that just seem to pop up again and again. These tried and true scams, unfortunately, are still around because they are still working, and it pays consumers to be aware of these scams.

Perhaps the most common of all scam reports concerns the so called Nigerian scam. These scams have been around since long before the internet, and in those pre-internet days they often circulated via regular mail. The exact details of the scam reports vary, but the hook is always the same. In the scam, the writer or emailer claims to be a wealthy Nigerian, often from the ruling family. The writer claims to have a fortune in the country, and he only needs help to get it out of the country. The writer asks for a bank account number into which this supposed fortune can be wired. What happens next is all too easy to anticipate. Not only does a fortune not land in the targeted bank account, but the money that is there disappears into scammerís own bank account.

Being aware of these and other scam reports can save you a lot of money, whether you use the internet or not. Some of these scams are confined to the world of the internet, while others appear in the offline world as well. Keeping abreast of current and past scam reports is one of the best ways to protect yourself from these fraud artists.


 
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