Category: postal scams

  • Spurious Awards Scam

    The “Spurious Award Scam” is a vanity-targetted scam, similar to the “Who’s Who” scam where you are to be honored by inclusion in an index of the Brightest and Best, but in the small print is a small charge for inclusion. This scam ionvolves businesses being ‘awarded’ some supposed honor, involving a certificate, and what […]

  • ‘Stop Art Scams’ blog

    A California artist, Katie Moe, who describes herself as an ‘Artist and Anti-Scam Samurai’ has a blog devoted to informing fellow artists and other people about a common emailtype scam, the ‘Art Scam’. A spam email will ask to buy something from your website or for you to source and provide products (usually high value […]

  • Secret Shopper Scam Described

    “The Consumerist“, a website that highlights the persistent, shameless gaffes of modern consumerism – and the latest scams, rip-offs, hot deals and freebies, encourages their readers to tell them about their everyday experiences with absurdities of consumer culture – and suggest ways for them to fight back. They explain in detail how the ‘Secret Shopper’ […]

  • Insurance Scam Job with tortured bizspeak free!

    Here’s a cute one – of course it’s our old friend the ‘transaction processing clerk’ scam, gussied up a little to be an insurance invoicer/reimburser. What caught my eye was the amusing biz speak which looks like it’s been through the Dialectizer, a website that has been around for years, that will translate any text […]

  • Round-up of Internet Scams in the News

  • Fake Checks – ‘Backgrounder’

    FAKE CHECK SCHEMES American consumers are being defrauded by overseas scam artists. The latest complaints relate to counterfeit checks including cashier’s checks, checks that look like they’re drawn on business accounts, money orders, traveler’s checks and gift cheques. A common theme exists in all of the scams: Just because a deposited check shows up as […]

  • Connecticut Fake Checks (Forwarding Excess) Scam

    SOUTH WINDSOR, Connecticut police today warned of a fraudulent checks scam in which residents have been receiving bogus checks from FedEx or U.P.S. The checks are made out to the resident, and a form letter instructs the recipient to contact the sender via e-mail for further instructions. The scam works by having the unsuspecting recipient […]