Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

These emails and text messages are real examples of current scams. Learn to identify them. Please forward any scams you receive to Mark Hutten: They will be posted on this site without your email address.

What To Do If You Have Been Scammed

Have you lost money due to a scam?

Email: with a description of how the scam worked (i.e., what happened exactly), and we will try to (a) locate the scam artist(s), (b) work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution, and (c) help you get some - or all - of your money back.


How to Avoid Identity Theft

1. If you know of anyone who receives mail from credit card companies or banks in the names of others, report it to local or federal law enforcement authorities.

2. If your identity has been assumed, ask the credit bureau to print a statement to that effect in your credit report.

3. Keep a list of telephone numbers to call to report the loss or theft of your wallet, credit cards, etc.

4. Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call.

5. Never throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank statements in a usable form.

6. Reconcile your bank account monthly, and notify your bank of discrepancies immediately.

7. Report unauthorized financial transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police as soon as you detect them.

8. Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year. Notify the credit bureau in writing of any questionable entries and follow through until they are explained or removed.

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