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Any employment opportunity on the Internet that seems too good to be true is likely a scam, according to job searching expert Alison Doyle for About.com. When people contact you out of the blue offering a high wage for a job, this is a sign the job is likely a fake.


Common scams include Nigerian letter fraud, telemarketing fraud and identity theft, says the FBI. Sharing personal information or financial details with strangers can open the way for fraud.


The worst online scam of all time involved the theft of more than 160 million credit card numbers using malicious software and fraud involving more than $300 million in credit card spending. The hackers stole the numbers and used and sold the information for profit until their apprehension in 2013.


Phone scams often use exaggerated or fake prizes to bait listeners, states the Federal Trade Commission. Common phrases are "You've been specially selected (for this offer)" or "You'll get a free bonus if you buy our product." Pressuring tactics are not uncommon as well.


The Federal Trade Commission keeps a list of scam websites and other scam operations on its Consumer Information site. Other sites, such as ScamAdviser.com, allow users to verify the status of a website by entering its address.


One Source Talent is a fee-based service that covers marketing and production costs for individuals who wish to break into the entertainment industry. One Source Talent does not work as an agency, meaning it does not take a percentage of income from individuals once they start working, they simply p


There is no evidence suggesting that Direct Energy is anything other than a retail energy marketing business. While it is one of the best established, there are many companies with similar goals and functions. However, the deregulation in the American Northeast has made it more beneficial for energy


The U.S. Career Institute (USCI) is not a scam. It is owned and operated by Weston Distance Learning, Inc. and received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. It is also accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).


Most telephone scams use fake prizes, offers and products to hook a person, while the scammer on the other end doesn't give the victim enough time to think about what's going on, states the Federal Trade Commission. Most scams claim to specially select victims or they continuously ask for trust.


World Vision is not a scam. It meets the 20 Standards for Charitable Accountability, according to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The organization asks sponsors to commit to a $35 monthly donation per child.