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Criminals add new twists to old schemes and exert pressure on people in order for them to make important decisions on the spot. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money, or to give out personal information. Many scams are initiated through the Internet; victims range in age from 18 and up and they come from all socio-economic backgrounds. While confidence schemes have been around for a long time, the Internet has greatly increased their prevalence. Individual U.S. citizens have lost considerable money on these scams, ranging from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

All types of advance-fee scams have one point in common - the targeted person is led to believe that he or she has a chance to attain something of very great personal value in return for a small up-front monetary outlay. As a general rule, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Scams evolve constantly, and we cannot list all the scam variations. We do however hope that the examples listed below will help alert you to the indicators of some common scams and actions you may take.

Money Transfers, Wire Services, and Green Dot Money Paks
Arrest Warrant Scam
Auction Fraud
Counterfeit Cashier's Check
Grandparent Scams
Medicare Scams
Nigerian Letter or "419"
Online Dating Scams
Rental and Real Estate Scams
Tax Scams
Phone Scam Tips
Cyber Fraud Tips
Actions to Take if Scammed