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Credit - Protect Your Credit

Beware: Offers to Skip a Payment
If your credit company invites you to skip a monthly payment without a penalty, it is not doing you a favor. You will still owe finance charges on your unpaid balance. And interest could be adding up on any purchases you make after the due date you skipped. 

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Cash Top-Up Scams

Beware: Cash Top-Up Scams
Cash top-up cards can be a convenient way to transfer money to other accounts. They are not designed to be used directly with retailers or online merchants; rather they are used to reload money on accounts that you control, such as your debit card. 

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IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012

The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.  

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Tax Scam Warning: Beware of Phony Refund Scheme Abusing Popular College Tax Credit

WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today warned senior citizens and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging scheme tempting them to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds.  

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Scam Pays You to Drive Your Own Car (And Other Cons to Watch For)

Although some businesses legitimately pay to advertise their companies’ logos on people’s personal vehicles, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received several notifications regarding a similar—but completely bogus—offer.

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Malicious Software Features Usama bin Laden Links to Ensnare Unsuspecting Computer Users

  The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software.  

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Timeshare Marketing Scams

01/25/12 By FBI

Timeshare owners across the country are being scammed out of millions of dollars by unscrupulous companies that promise to sell or rent the unsuspecting victims’ timeshares. In the typical scam, timeshare owners receive unexpected or uninvited telephone calls or e-mails from criminals posing as sales representatives for a timeshare resale company. The representative promises a quick sale, often within 60-90 days. The sales representatives often use high-pressure sales tactics to add a sense of urgency to the deal. Some victims have reported that sales representatives pressured them by claiming there was a buyer waiting in the wings, either on the other line or even present in the office. 

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New Variation on Telephone Collection Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans

02/21/12 By the FBI

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. As previously reported in December 2010, the typical payday loan scam involves a caller who claims the victim is delinquent on a payday loan and must make payment to avoid legal consequences.  

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U.S. Law Firms Continue to be the Target of Counterfeit Check Scheme

03/12/12 By the FBI

The IC3 continues to receive reports of counterfeit check schemes targeting U.S. law firms. The scammers contact lawyers via e-mail, claiming to be overseas and requesting legal representation in collecting a debt from third parties located in the U.S. The law firms receive a retainer agreement and a check payable to the law firm. The firms are instructed to deposit the check, take out retainer fees, and wire the remaining funds to banks in China, Korea, Ireland, or Canada. After the funds are wired overseas, the checks are determined to be counterfeit.

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Online Rental Ads Could be Phony

rental housing scam

You can’t believe your good fortune, you find a rental home in a nice area through a Craigslist classified ad at an unbelievably low rate. The landlord, who had to leave the country and travel to Nigeria, asks that you wire him two months’ worth of rent. You arrive at the home on the agreed-upon date, but there’s just one small problem, the house is not actually for rent and its owners know nothing about your agreement.

This latest scam being perpetrated by Nigerian criminals located halfway around the world has been seen in a number of U.S. states, perhaps in response to the current housing market, with fewer people buying, more people are renting.



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