Mass Marketing Frauds target individuals of all ages and walks of life. Victims are lured with false promises of significant cash prizes, goods, services, or good works, in exchange for up-front fees, taxes or donations.
Credit and loan fraud includes a variety of scams that target folks applying for credit and dealing with debt. Advance-fee loan scams involve charging an upfront fee to guarantee a credit card or loan before you apply. These offers are illegal and often target people with credit problems. Debt settlement scams include deceptive ads that promise debt relief, when in fact they are offering bankruptcy, and others that promise to negotiate with your creditors but take the money and run.
Mail fraud is an offense under US law, which refers to any scheme which attempts to unlawfully obtain money or valuables in which the postal system is used at any point in the commission of a criminal offense.
OnGuard Online, 2008This web page lists important facts concerning email scams.
Federal Trade Commission, September 2006The FTC says following a few basic rules as not giving your banking information to someone you don’t know, can keep consumers from losing money to “government grant” scams. The page also provides information on who to contact for reporting or complaint purposes.
OnGuard Online, May 2010This web source provides quick facts about cross border or international scams.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)Tips to protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud.
U.S. Postal Inspection ServiceInformation on various mail fraud schemes including employment, sweepstakes, lottery and telemarketing.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 2009A brief description of this type of fraud, how it works, and information on how to report.
Federal Trade Commission, January 2009A second brief description of the mystery shopper scam with tips for protecting yourself and information on where to go for help.
U.S. Postal Inspection ServiceShort brochure listing common fraudulent approaches, sample repercussions of falling for the deception, and how to report the crime.