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Subject: Scamdex, Internet ScamBusters Newsletter #316, 12-31-08

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Internet Scambusters (tm)
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By Scambusters Audri, Jim and Andrea
Issue #316  December 31, 2008


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Hi Scamdex,

Wow, it's hard to believe that today is the last day of 2008. 
And it's almost as hard for us to believe how long it's been
since we did a subscriber Q&A issue. So, that's how we'll end

Today we'll answer these three subscriber questions:

- How do I stop getting all this phone spaham on my cell phone?

- Did I win any of this money?

- Can I earn extra income working in my home?

But first, we urge you to take a look at these top articles
from our other websites:

Answers to 7 of the Biggest Questions About Still Life Fine
Art Photography: An Interview With Jo Whaley

What Every Parent Needs to Know Before Plunging into a Prepaid
Credit Card for Teens

Can You Buy a Home In Today's Real Estate Market?

Weird Chocolate Gifts

And now for the main feature...

How do I stop getting all this phone spaham (misspelled intentionally)?

Question: I keep getting phone spaham -- text messages on my
cell phone. I haven't subscribed for a texting plan with my
provider and I keep getting charged for these spaham messages. 
What's going on? Is there anything I can do?

Answer: Yes, fortunately, there are some things you can do. 
Phone spaham is easier to deal with than email spaham.

Now, although it's illegal to send solicitations to cell
phones, with an estimated 200 million cell phones in the
United States alone, that's a victim pool too rich for
scammers to avoid. So, you do need to protect yourself.

First, don't respond to texts you receive on your cell phone
based on the belief that they're coming from someone you know.
They often do come from scammers. So, simply don't reply.

In fact, sometimes by responding, you're agreeing for a
product or service that you don't want -- and you may be
inadvertently agreeing to a relationship with the spahammer,
which means they can then continue to spaham you.

That's because the CAN-SPAM act does not cover "transactional
or relationship" messages -- basically notices that you've
already agreed to receive. And if you've previously responded
to a text message, sometimes you've created this relationship
so that CAN-SPAM no longer applies.

Second, guard your cell phone number. Never give it out,
especially on websites offering freebies, like supposedly
"free" ringtone downloads. These sites often harvest cell
phone numbers for spahamming.

Third, if you get what you believe is a spaham text message,
save it and notify your service provider. Most providers are
aware this is a problem and will work with you to remove the

Finally, you can ask your provider to completely disable ALL
text messaging services on your cell phone so you don't get
any text messages. This won't work for everyone, but if you
don't use text messaging, it may be a good option for you.

Did I win any of this money?

Question: I am getting a series of emails talking about money
I have won. I would like to know if this is for real.

Answer: We have to admit that we are surprised every time we
get an email from a visitor to the Scambusters site asking us
this question. And we get dozens of people asking this every

No. You did not win the Swiss, French, British or any other
lottery. It's a scam.

Two things to note:

(1) If you didn't buy a ticket, you can't win. This is a
general rule to remember.

(2) It's illegal for a US citizen to participate in a foreign
lottery. Although details may differ slightly from email to
email, the basic scam remains the same.

You can read more about this and other lottery scams here.

During tough economic times, people are more susceptible to
these type of scams. Don't fall for them.

Can I earn extra income working in my home?

Question: I'm a stay at home mom and I'd like to start
earning a little extra money by working at home. I'm
interested in [company name omitted] but I wanted to check
with you first. It only costs $49 but they say that you can
earn up to $2,000 in the first week. What do you think?

Answer: Sadly, the Internet is full of these work from home
and make a gazillion dollars schemes. They all pretty much
fall into the same category -- TGTBT (Too Good To Be True).

You have to use your own good judgment here and know that if
they are making claims that you will make ridiculous amounts
of money per week (for doing next to no work) it's almost
certainly a scam.

And always remember the #1 Scambuster Rule for work at home
jobs: NEVER pay for the chance to get a job.

There are thousands (perhaps even tens of thousands) of work
at home scams out there. Check out this article on "10 Tips
on Avoiding Work At Home and Home Based Business Scams" before
you proceed with any work at home offer.

That's it for today, but we'll be back next week -- in 2009 --
with another issue. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. See
you then!

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