Common Scams: how to detect and not fall into them
Work at Home Scams
Many people who are looking for opportunities to make money working from their own homes. The ads work at home opportunities are everywhere, placed on the public in a street lamppost, telephone pole in the corner and up the newspaper or on the Internet. But proceed with caution.
Scams medical billing
You can see ads business “pre-packaged” known as billing centers (billing centers) , in newspapers, on television and the Internet. If you answer the ad, try to convince you using sales pitches that may look like this: there is ‘a crisis’ in the health care system, partly due to the overwhelming task of processing paper claims medical bills.
Envelope stuffing scams
Promoters of these “opportunities” generally advertise that on payment of a “small” fee, will tell you how to earn big money stuffing envelopes at home. But once you send your money, find that the promoter never had any employment to offer.
Scams and assembly manual work
These programs often require you to invest hundreds of dollars in equipment or materials. We also may require you to invest many hours of your time producing goods for a company that supposedly has promised to buy.
Scams international driver licenses
If you’re tempted to respond to ads that say you can use an international license to drive, called IDL ( international driver’s license) , or use an international driver’s permit known as IDP (international driving permit) in replacement driver’s license issued by a state, do not be persuaded. Ads and offers of IDL and IDP are disseminated false Web sites and through e-mails unsolicited (spam).
Lottery scams / green cards
If you or someone you know are trying to get a permanent resident card or green card (green card ) – the right to live permanently in the United States – beware of unscrupulous businesses and attorneys. They will tell you, on payment of a charge or fee, can facilitate your participation in diversity visa lottery conducted by the U.S. State Department.
You, as a consumer, you hear or see hundreds of advertisements every day on the Internet, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, on buses, and even sometimes where you least imagine. Ads with fraudulent statements sometimes appear in all these places. Classify, identify those that promote scams, and to ignore up to you. Probably heard the phrase “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true” but there is more evidence to detect a fraudulent promotion.
Be careful when you see ads for the following features:
- Texts filled with asterisks, reference notes at the bottom or very fine print. All information and disclaimers on the product due within one advertisement in a typeface large enough so that you can read. If it were not so, perhaps the poster you are hiding something.
- Testimonials by consumers or doctors lightning “famous”, either to promote a product to achieve impressive weight loss, cures for diseases or extravagant financial success. Generally these statements are indicative of fraud or deception.
- No address or physical location. Listings of companies that only list phone numbers or Web sites can do it on purpose to make you harder to find the person responsible if you have a problem with the product or service.
- Promotions of goods at a cost well below the market price and for a limited time. Often this technique is used to promote.
- electronics, computers or other high-priced goods that can only be ordered by phone.
- Promotions of goods with name similar to the national brands.
- Promotions brand merchandise at ridiculously low prices or through