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More than a third of cold call scams reported to the national charity Citizens Advice were for professional and financial services, with two in five being for lotteries or prize draws.
7 billion is scammed from American citizens every year, and that number is likely only a fraction of the actual amount since most scams are not reported to authorities, said Bill Warnisher of the Lane County District Attorney's Office.
If you think you have been the victim of a scam, or you suspect a scam, call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or visit www.
That is why we provide this information on our scam prevention blog and allow visitors to ask questions and discuss solutions in our forum and on our Scam Alert Facebook business page.
I think this new twist is more dangerous than the old 4-1-9 scheme because of the increased chance for network users to fall for the scam," said BitDefender.
A victim has a 30 per cent chance of falling for another scam within 12 months of first being caught out, because their personal details are added to a "suckers list", which is then sold to other scammers.
Prasantha Nath, who once counted the late Mother Teresa among his patients -- was an unwitting participant in the scam that included the fraudulent reporting of medical services that were never provided and billing for services provided to patients who were dead.
In addition, the SCAMwatch website is acting as the Internet portal for the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce's annual scam awareness campaign, which starts in March, coinciding with the global fraud prevention month.
The best way to protect against this type of scam is to set up a firewall using software programs such as Norton Personal Firewall 2006 or McAfee Internet Security Suite and to avoid opening unfamiliar e-mail attachments.
Anyone who thinks they have spotted a scam can report it to the OFT by emailing scams@oft.
95) exposes a scam maintained by the myth of 'job creation' in which big billion-dollar corporations play states and cities against each other to gain lucrative taxpayer subsidies.
Webopedia defines phishing as "the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.