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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 United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to the public in 2013 urging people to not buy Biostem Plus, says GMA News Online. The FDA issued the warning in Advisory 2013-036, stating that the product is not an FDA-approved stem cell preparation or drug product. There are no exis


There is a great deal of evidence indicating that ViSalus is a scam. The entirety of the research used to show the benefits of ViSalus was written by one man, Michael Seidman. Seidman has a history of trying to sell items to the public that do not work.


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.


Power4Patriots is not a scam; it sells guides on how to set up solar panels and other renewable energy sources around the home. However, its promise that its products cut energy bills in half is too good to be true for most consumers. The Better Business Bureau has not accredited the 4Patriots compa


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.


A scam website can be detected by checking its reputation, checking if it looks professional, verifying a physical address, checking the certification, reading the terms and conditions, using plagiarism programs and finding out if it is Better Business Bureau approved. Before working with a website


A solar scam is when a fraudulent contractor deceives a homeowner who is unfamiliar with solar energy products, notes the Better Business Bureau. Scams can be related to installation, financing the solar products or the amount of savings provided by solar panels.