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Consumer Scams

You've heard it before. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

One of the worst feelings is to find that you have been duped by someone pulling a scam. If you've been scammed out of your money or other property, you are not alone.

Law enforcement officials are tracking scam artists all around the world and the problem has no end in sight. Unsuspecting people are scammed out of billions of dollars each year by unscrupulous characters who work outside the law.

The people who run the scams are individuals, small groups who work together, or they may be large, well organized companies. The one thing they all have in common is that they want your money and they will go to great lengths to get it.

Who are these people? Some may be complete strangers but not all. If you take a closer look, you will find that scam artists are your friends, people in trusted positions such as policemen, priests, teachers, your neighbors, co-workers, and some are your very own family members.

Scams have become so widespread that they have taken a foothold in every segment of society and whenever there is a new idea, invention, or change in the way people live, scams will follow.

There are internet scams, telemarketing scams, mail fraud, wire fraud, investment scams, home repair scams, insurance fraud, banking and finance fraud, real estate scams, jewelry scams, immigration scams, estate planning fraud, lottery scams, celebrity scams, medical services fraud, scams involving medicare and medicaid, funeral cost scams, and the list goes on and on.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between a scam and a legitimate business opportunity. This is because the scam is so well planned that it appears to be the real deal.

Anyone can be taken advantage of in a sophisticated scam. It has happened to attorneys, judges, doctors, politicians, policemen, successful business people, investors, and wealthy people who thought their wealth shielded them from scams. In other words, everyone is vulnerable to scams.

 

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