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Subject: Scamdex, Internet Scambusters Newsletter #296, 8-13-08

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Internet Scambusters (tm)
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By Scambusters Audri, Jim and Pete
Issue #296  August 13, 2008


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Hi Scamdex,

Two more Snippets for you today:

- Beware this "Neighborly" Charity Fraud

- Credit Card Thieves Target Gyms and Sports Facilities.

However, we think you'll like visiting this week's issue of
Scamlines -- What's New in Scams? -- first.

And before we begin, we encourage you to take a look at this
week's most popular articles from our other sites:

Answers to 7 of the Biggest Questions About Outdoor and Stock
Photography: An Interview With Charlie Borland

Take the Identity Theft Challenge

The Internet: The Bargain Hunter's Shopping Paradise

Saving Money Needs To Become a Priority Once Again

Let's get started...

Beware this "Neighborly" Charity Fraud 

Charity fraud come in many guises, and clever scammers are
constantly inventing new "twists" on old routines.

They also know that certain scams are harder to resist. After
all, it's one thing to screen telemarketers, delete suspicious
emails and toss out junk mail, but quite another to refuse
appeals from wide-eyed students "raising money for sick

And it's even harder to turn down a "student" who's one of your
neighbors, right?

We recently learned of instances where "college students" went
door-to-door, soliciting money for a legitimate-sounding
charity. The scammers introduced themselves as a "neighbor"
(obviously, this works best in larger neighborhoods) and
convinced victims to buy magazines or books for children
suffering from one of several diseases.

The alleged scammers even showed victims glossy brochures
featuring different magazine and book titles, and then asked the
person to donate some to the sick children.

In one neighborhood, some of those targeted only became
suspicious when they later compared notes, and realized that:

-- The people selling the books and magazines didn't actually
live in the neighborhood.

-- Some victims were asked to make out their checks to the
salesperson, not the charity.

-- Some victims were shown photocopies of sales brochures;
others actual brochures.

We can't be sure, but it's possible that scammers got their
hands on the materials and receipts of a legitimate charity
and/or photocopied them. The scammers may even have been
approached by the legitimate fundraisers earlier, and then
decided to sign up as "salespeople," keeping the money for

Whatever the case, please follow the tips below to avoid being
ripped off by charity fraud.

1. Get the name, address and phone number of the organization.
Also, ask if it's registered. If the solicitor claims that it is, get 
the registration number. The Better Business Bureau Wise 
Giving Alliance offers information about national charities 
on their website.

2. Verify with the office of the real charity that there is
indeed a door-to-door campaign going on, and the person at 
your door is actually a representative. If you're shy about
verifying this information in the rep's presence, ask him to
return later, and then place the call.

3. Never pay cash, and always make out your check to the
charity, not to the person who knocked on your door.

You can find more information on avoiding charity scams here:

Credit Card Thieves Target Gyms and Sports Facilities

According to a report in the AARP Bulletin, more and more
thieves are "working out at the gym" -- working out ways to
steal your credit cards, that is.

Specifically, thieves are keeping tabs on the parking lots of
fitness clubs and sporting facilities, breaking into patrons'
cars to steal credit cards left in glove compartments or hidden
underneath seats or towels.

Criminals are targeting these places, say law enforcement
officials, because they know that:

(1) Many people are afraid to leave valuables in gym lockers.

(2) Victims will probably be away for one or two hours, leaving
the crooks ample time to steal the credit cards AND use them to
quickly purchase goods and services.

In a number of cases, thieves were able to steal credit cards
and make thousands of dollars worth of purchases in less than 90
minutes -- often to buy computers and other high-end

To protect yourself, be sure you:

-- Always lock your car (you'd be surprised how many people

-- Never leave valuables in your car, regardless of how well
hidden you think they are.

-- Leave credit cards at home unless absolutely necessary. 
Don't carry credit cards you won't be using. You can find tips on
what to do if your wallet or credit card is stolen here:

These simple tips will help you avoid both charity fraud and
credit card thieves.

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