• http://www.oddcents.com/ Dannielle @ Odd Cents

    Great article. Why don’t these criminals use their brains for something positive? Someone sent me an email saying that this guy (who up to this day I’m not sure how I got his email address) lost his passport and all of his money and he needed me to send him some money. I realised that it was fake so I told “him” that I have a cousin who is a police and that he should contact him. That was the end of that conversation.

  • http://www.cpastudyguides.com/ Kris

    The best way to protect yourself is really to use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you didn’t earn it, why would anyone give it to you? I know that some of them sound so tempting, but there are no “free lunches” these days.

  • Michael

    If you use Gmail, there’s a great Labs add-on that lets you know if an email is from a Verified Sender (e.g. PayPal)–helps avoid phishing scams.

  • http://pftoday.com/ Michael @ pftoday.com

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Frankania

    I have often written down the phone numbers that various scammers include then I use those numbers , & state, “yes, I am interested in your request; please call me at ……………

  • Guest

    An addition to your tip about foreign lottery scams. It is illegal for U.S. citizens to take delivery of funds from most of the countries these lotteries are supposedly located in as they are none too friendly with our government or citizens.

  • prank hoax

    All are quality tips that are useful for avoiding scams… yet people should also be self awared so that they doesn’t become the victim of any of the fake or spam messages or anything related to internet scams… a nice post..

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