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.


Scammed recently on gmail:

Scammed recently on gmail. claiming to have Boston Terrier puppies for sale. Wanted me to money express $575 c/o a private party, which I did stupidly, but all I could think about was the gorgeous little male puppy they claimed they had. Then their shipper of choice wanted another $995 for an air conditioned pet carrier to ship him from Norfolk, VA. to my home. And then the shipper wanted another $1840 for insurance for the dog. I quit there and notified Google of a scam. They apparently ran scared from my threats and never picked up the $995 and Money Gram refunded the $995 to us. Now I see Google has taken down their ad, but it has re-surfaced by yet another name with the exact same line up of puppies for sale. I did not copy the new ad but I can get it at your request. It closely resembles the first.