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Scams & Cons

Pyramid Schemes (CA)
General tips and warnings.

Sweepstakes (CA)

Yellow Pages Schemes (CA)
What all of these solicitations must disclose to you by law.

Collecting A Debt-Legal Ways To Locate Someone's Bank Account If They're Hiding Money From You

Internet Scams To Trick You Into Revealing Your Password & Personal Data
So, you got a message to click on this link or your email account or credit card will be canceled in 30 days.  Well it could be a trap!!!!!  And you could be directed to a bogus look alike website made to trick you into giving up your password, credit card # or other personal information.

Seller Assisted Marketing Plans (CA)
Seller Assisted Marketing Plans (SAMPs) must register with the Attorney General's Office and provide significant disclosure statements to potential buyers prior to signing any contracts, and to provide the buyer specific contractual rights after a purchase has been made.

Complaining About A Business (CA)
Learn about the complaint process for particular businesses ranging from airlines to contractors to doctors to real estate agencies. Directory of hundreds of businesses and where to complaint to.

Sales: What Consumers Need To Know About Door-To-Door Sales, Telemarketers and Mail Orders (CA)  
Tips and warnings about rip-offs and where you can go for help.

Fake Check Schemes
It all starts when someone gives you a realistic-looking check or money order and asks you to send cash somewhere in return. It's phony, Even if you can cash it, your bank will demand you pay back the money.

A List Of Scams & Tips Against Them

Internet Crime Complaint Center
IFCC's mission is to address fraud committed over the Internet. IFCC offers a central repository for complaints related to Internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides timely statistical data of current fraud trends.

National Fraud Information Center
Where to report internet and other types of fraud. 

Classic Cons... And How to Counter Them   
ATM scams, Nigerian scams, credit card fraud, debt relief fraud, identity theft, investment fraud, telemarketing fraud, the phony investigator and more.


Other Scams And Tips Against Them


Avoiding Office Supply Scams (FTC Brochure with Links)

Business Scams (The 6 Most Common)

See also Scam-Proofing your Business

National Help Orgs For A Variety Of Consumer Problems
The Elderly, Environment, Families, Fraud, Health & Safety, Insurance The Handicapped, Medical Problems, Telemarketing and more.