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Chapter 8 -
E-mail Scams for Identity Theft
As mentioned previously, email scams are
commonplace on the web. As a public service, the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) issues a consumer alert listing the 12 most common
scams likely to arrive in a user’s mailbox. Some of the more common
ones are listed as follows:
Business opportunities including work-at-home
jobs - With the ease of electronic communication, there are
increasingly more opportunities to work at home or “be your own
boss”. However, most of these are either an outright fraud or
simply an offer to purchase a business that one could get a better
deal on elsewhere.
Health and diet supplements - These supplements
include the “enlargement” advertisements most Internet users receive
from time to time. These products usually either do not work or
else they would be available in the local pharmacy. They also may
not have been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration and may
pose a health risk.
Investment advice - There are excellent sources
of financial information on the Internet. Sadly, there are even
more sources for financial misinformation on the Internet.
Charlatans publicize stock that they own as a “must buy” and
“guaranteed winner.” They then sell their stock as soon as enough
people have started buying it and they can make a profit. The rest
of the investors in the company, frequently a small company in
financial trouble, are left holding stock that is worthless.
Credit repair - An individual’s credit score is
designed to track how well, or poorly, they have used credit. The
credit fixer services can only fix credit by instructing users to
violate federal law. Unless there are genuine errors in an
individual’s credit file, only time and a consistent repayment of
credit can help a credit score improve. If there are errors, they
can be corrected at no cost to the individual by following the
instructions of the reporting agency.
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