Top 10 Scams to Avoid: 2014

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As the old adage says, a non trustworthy person “doesn’t fly straight”, some businesses around the world don’t fly straight either. Several aspiring companies actually look to start off with a business model which is designed to take your money. Let’s take a look at the newest scams making it to the list this year.

#1 Arrest Warrants

Normally by way of quite an aggressive phone, these companies call you claiming that there is now a warrant out for your arrest due to non-attendance in court. When explaining that no letter has been received, an aggressive counter offer to comes into play to pay for the warrant closure. Once the transaction is completed the fraudsters then explain when the next court case will take place, at which point they also offer a secondary payment option to close the case.


#2 Rugby World Cup Tickets

Fans wishing to attend the Rugby World Cup 2015 event are being warned by the Metropolitan Police to watch out for fake tickets circulating the web. The police are advising that anyone looking to buy these tickets should do so from a reliable vendor.

#3 Auction Sites

Trustworthy sites such as eBay are known to be legitimate with a validated customer relations team who work with companies such as PayPal to resolve issues faced by customers. However, there are many other competing sites knowingly allow sellers to market counterfeit products refusing to support any claims to refund their transactions. Additionally, bidding sites are known to use bots to bid higher than the users in a ploy to make them spend more, with no possibility to win.

#4 Online Dating

Fake profiles of beautiful men and women are used to take your money using physical attraction and the concept of dating or intimacy to sell communication with the opposite sex. Once lured in, the fake accounts are then also used to request money for "emergencies" (which normally take place while away on business trips) to take more money from the unsuspecting participants.

#5 Phishing

This unsolicited email claims to be from a reputable company such as a bank, which requests that you select and follow a link which is a phony replica of the real thing. They actually do this by purchasing a similar domain name, which is by far the easiest way to spot them as normally they will only have access to .club .supply or .expert and so forth. It has been recommended that customers only enter sensitive information into sites which they seek out themselves.

#6 Slimming Treatments

Many of these sites promise a low cost trial with the option to refund should you be unhappy with the weight loss/personal fitness results after said time. What’s not made clear and detailed only in the small print is you will be billed for 6 months treatment in the event that you do not claim your refund. This payment is often taken as soon as your card details are entered, with no option to actually receive any refund. Get Rich Quick

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If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Earn a salary from home and/or make a high volume of cash in your free time are just some of the commonly found advertising jargon used with these scammers. They often come with a registration fee, which is followed by an email confirmation, followed by no communications at all.


#8 Fake Casting

Actors who reply to bogus ads offering an opportunity to perform in front of talent scouts or agents, are also asked to pay a fee. Of course this set up is not a legitimate casting agency - singers, models and performers all audition for a bogus role which never existed. Never hearing back again.

#9 Facebook Friends  

Not all is so friendly with this social media giant which has become a hot spot for many fake accounts. These accounts look completely legitimate, but are actually seeking out personal information whilst also positioning themselves in a prime position to hack your profile, email address, telephone numbers, messages, date of birth... the list is endless with so much private information at their fingertips.


#10 Lottery Scam

Similar to the phishing scam, replica sites are created to lure unsuspecting players into thinking they have won a sum of money. Once they have the marks attention, they legitimise the deal with a fraudulent request for a registration charge; the scammers then also provide them with fake cheques which later see’s them arrested in the bank.

Whether it’s an email, telephone call… maybe a written letter, never disclose any personal information to anyone. If it sounds important and you believe it to be real, tell them that you will call them back after locating the number from a trusted website. Or explain that you will liaise with the customer service department and transfer the request to them.

In 2014 information literally is money. Remember not to give anyone your personal data, no matter who they are, unless you’ve made sure they are legitimate and can be trusted.






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