Important scam alert from Anthony Morrison! This is a whole set of scams in which the scam victim is given forged checks and are asked to cash them in and send part of the money to a third person. After they do that the forged check bounces. This type of scam is very similar to the overpayment scams. Here are some tips that will help you avoid this type of scam: Never agree to handle financial transactions from any person or companies that you do not know. To avoid scams also do not accept job offers that you have not requested. Another anti-scam advice: never accept money orders not checks where you are asked to send part of the money back. Being informed and having common sense are the best way to prevent being a victim of scam.
Important scam alert from Anthony Morrison! In the “pigeon drop scam” the scam victim has to pay a certain amount of money in order to secure the rights to a larger amount of money. A variation of this scam is that instead of money the scam victim may get offered a valuable object. Then once the person sends the money the scam artist disappears or they get sent a fake object such as in the case of jewelry. One very common variation of this scam is called “black dollar” or “black money” scam. In this case the scam artists claim that they have smuggled a fortune into the country. The scam plot is that the money has been colored black and the tint can be later removed by the person who claims the money – in this case the scam victim. The scam victim is somehow showed how to this and then buys more of these “black dollars” which at the end of the scam turns out to be fake.
Important scam alert from Anthony Morrison! There is a new kind of scam out there called “overpayment scam”. This type of scam has become one of the biggest types of scam today. The most important thing to remember on how to avoid a scam is to learn how to recognize it. In the “overpayment scam” someone, usually from overseas, sends you a money order or check for more than the price of something you are selling. In this type of scam the scammer may request you to send you the money back due to a “difficulty” in their side or as “international shipping fees”. The most common objects of this scam are cars, boats, trucks or any king of vehicle. In this scam, the checks or money orders are fake. This scam works by you sending the money to the scammers and then finding out that the check or money order was fake, also after you shipped the item. Because the money order or check may look so legitimate the bank might accept them but are not able to clear them in this scam. Many times in this type of scam, the scam artist may want to put the money in a fake escrow company. This is another variation of this scam. This type of scam may apply to many other items sold. In this type of scam, scam artist can give you a million different reasons why they need the extra money back. There are also other variations of the overpayment scam: now overpayment scams are not only limited to goods. You can be offered a job in another variation on this scam. You can get offers from overpayment scam even if you post your resume in legitimate sites. The biggest difference from the original overpayment scam with the job overpayment scam is that you get offered a position for an international company. Then you are asked to handle payments since the company has “problems” accepting money internationally. Then in this scam, you are offered a percentage to manage those payments but you are requested your personal information. Then the scam turns into an identity theft scam. In another variation of this scam, the scam artist may try to steal money from your personal bank account. In this scam, you may also send them money and them find out the payments made to you were fake. As a general rule to avoid scams: Never agree to handle financial transactions from any person or companies that you do not know. To avoid scams also do not accept job offers that you have not requested. Another anti-scam advice: never accept money orders not checks where you are asked to send part of the money back. Being informed and having common sense are the best way to prevent being a victim of scam.
Anthony Morrison frequently gets asked: “How does someone report scam?” and “How can I know if this is a scam?”; but what if you are the victim of a scam? Anthony Morrison hopes that you are not a victim of scam but if you are a scam victim here are some things that should help you. There are a lot of scam reporting sites where you can post about your scam experience. This may prevent others from falling on the same scam. A good tip from Anthony Morrison is to check out these scam reporting sites before you send them any amount of money. Also there are many organizations that constantly fight against scam. These organizations can also help you in your scam case. There are also National Consumer associations that can help you and where they will also report to other consumers about the scam. Another very good resource against scam is the Better Business Bureau. You can file scam complaints on their site too. Always remember prevention is the best way to stop scam.