A Case Study
A New Twist - Here's a Check
The Prize You Win
The Canadian connection
The Swiss Connection
The Psychic Connection
What can victims do?
The Bottom Line
Remember: If it sounds too good to be
true, it probably is!
- It is against the law
to charge even a penny to collect a prize.
If you are
being asked for money, you have won nothing. Someone is trying to sell you
something, or worse, simply take your money.
2. If you are victimized
by this kind of scam, the chances that you will recover your money are very,
Fraudsters are now operating with the full support of the internet,
electronic banking, wire transfers, and the like. They change addresses,
use different cell phone numbers, adopt different aliases, and may not even be
in your own country. Here today and gone tomorrow, they try to stay one
step ahead of law enforcement or regulatory agencies.
3. These scams succeed
because they play on the greed of the victims.
Nothing comes from nothing. There is no free lunch. There are
some legitimate sweepstakes around, but the odds of winning them are
astronomically high. Never compromise your own morals for the sake of a "good
4. These scams succeed
because they play on the shame of the victims.
Once someone has become a victim of these frauds, the tendency is to not
report the crime. If only a few dollars have been lost, the victim
usually chalks it up to experience. If it's thousands of dollars, they
don't want to appear foolish to their friends or family. As a result,
most instances go unreported, and the fraudsters proliferate because it's easy
money... and a lot of it.
- Be smart! Keep your money... you've worked hard
There are countless people out there who want what you have, and
countless ways of getting it. Deal only with reputable companies and
stay away from the get-rich-quick schemes.