At Scambook we take pride in helping consumers get justice for what scammers have done to them. Therefore, a little prevention for this up coming year seems fit. We’re only in February, but it is never too early to be aware of what these scammers have in store of this year. The Better Business Bureau released what the top ten scams of 2011 were. However just because we’re in the New Year does not mean we should not keep an eye out for these previous thieves. They always have a new trick up their sleeve and we need to be ready. With technology growing at a rapid speed year after year, trying to stay on top of what scams are “in” that are going around will make them much harder to avoid.
Therefore, lets consider the following scams:
4. Social Media Friend Request Scam – Many people are requesting to be your friend on Facebook? Do not accept anyone you do not know. Lets make sure to not disclose any personal information on our profiles.
5. The Check Cashing Scam – This is the most common scam of all. Example: You are selling an item on an auction or classifieds site, and the buyer emails you saying they will send a check in your name with a higher dollar amount than what your item costs. They only require that you wire back through western union the remainder and you keep a fee, usually around 20%. Sounds great right? No! Remember checks can take about 3-4 days to clear. You do not want to owe the bank thousands of dollars. The federal authorities cannot do anything about it. As, that person is long gone.
And, as always, check with Scambook.com first to see if other consumers have posted similar complaints.