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Spotting Scams On Craig's List

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.

Filing A Consumer Complaint & Where To Go For Help (Illinois)
Also has small blurbs on telemarketing, charities, healthcare & home repair.

Advance Fee Loans (Illinois)
It's illegal for a company to charge you a fee before the loan is made.

Credit Reporting (PDF Polish) (Illinois)
Fixing errors, knowing what's in it, very brief.
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Email & Pop-up Message Scams (Illinois Attorney General's Office)

Unsolicited Calls Requesting Financial Or Bank Account Information (Illinois Attorney General's Office)

Work-At-Home Schemes (Illinois)

Counterfeit Checks Scams (Illinois)
Never deposit a check where the issuer asks you to send a portion of it back!

Tips To Avoid Travel Scams (Illinois)

Scholarship Services-Spotting The Scams (Illinois)

Protect Your Small Business Against Scams (Illinois)

International Lottery Scams (Illinois) 

Canadian Lottery Scam (Illinois Attorney General's Office)

Internet Employment Scams (Illinois)

Magazine Sales (Illinois)

Multilevel Marketing (Illinois)

Pyramid Schemes (Illinois)

Nigerian Email Scam (Illinois Attorney General's Office)

“Freedom Tower” Silver Dollar  (Illinois Attorney General's Office)

Gifting Clubs (Illinois Attorney General's Office)

Multilevel Marketing (Illinois)

Pyramid Schemes (Illinois)

A List Of Scams & Tips Against Them

Internet Scams That Trick You To Reveal Your Passwords & Personal Data
So, You got a message that your email account/credit card will be canceled unless you click on the link below.  Well it could be a trap!!!!!  And you could be duped into giving information to a bogus look alike website which has nothing to do with your provider/credit card, etc.

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

Internet Crime Complaint Center
IFCC offers a central repository for law enforcement regarding 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

bulletThe Unlucky Traveler
bulletThe Man Who Needs Gas
bulletATM Scams
bulletPrivacy & ID Theft
bulletSweepstakes & Lotteries 
bullet Personal Finance-Related Schemes 
bullet Employment Schemes
bulletTelephone Solicitations 
bullet Home Improvement & Home Repair Frauds 
bullet The Phony Inheritance Scam 
bullet Receipt Of Unsolicited Merchandise 
bullet Missing Persons Fraud Scheme 
bullet Prison Pen Pal Money Order Scam 
bulletFraudulent Health and Medical Products
bulletSecured Credit Card Marketing Scams

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.

Scams & Cons-Illinois