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Alert - Be ware of online scammers

Xueling Zou

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February 24th, 2012 - 02:39 PM

Alert - Be ware of online scammers

I believe that we all should be aware of the online scammers from all kinds of perspectives. I hope this site has the best the security, because our personal information is stored there, especially because FAA has to keep our credit card information for automatic account renewal purpose. I just want to share this article which talks about an Australian woman who turns the tables on Nigerian scammers!

The following true story is about Nigerian email scams that have become nearly as commonplace as the Internet itself. But one Australian woman wound up in jail after turning the tables--to the tune of $30,000--on a group of con artists:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/australian-woman-turns-tables-nigerian-scammers-175755518.html

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Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

I've found another very useful link, which is A Security Checklist for Online Accounts, has 10 very good tips from a professional person: http://www.labnol.org/internet/online-accounts-security/19763/

David King

9 Years Ago

Seattle, WA

Thank you, they are very helpful.

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

#5 Phantom sites: These are websites that spring up temporarily simply to get your credit card info. SOLUTION for #5: Do business with online shopping sites you know, like, and trust. I, for one, am guilty of buying from retailers who offer the best deals. But I only buy low-ticket items from unfamiliar sellers, generally spending less than $50. Itís best to buy high-ticket items exclusively from retailers that also have brick and mortar locations.

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

#4 Check for online shopping scams. Internet retailers know that after you send a check, the money has been taken from your account, and the goods youíve ordered fail to arrive, getting your money back proves difficultóif not impossible. SOLUTION for #4: Avoid paying by checks. Itís fine to use checks in person, but when using an unfamiliar virtual website, it is not.

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

#3 Debit card fraud. If your debit card is compromised, that money comes out of your bank account directly and immediately. This can happen if your PC has a virus, the site has a security issue, or through a number of other ways. SOLUTION or #3: Use credit cards because they offer more protection and less liability. And protect your PC with antivirus.

Natalie Holland

9 Years Ago

Middlessex County, NJ

Xueling......Thank you, for taking the time to post this useful information.

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

SOLUTION for #2: Pay close attention to your statements. Check for fraud at least once every two weeks, and refute unauthorized charges within two billing cycles

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

SOLUTION for #1: Whenever you decide to make an eBay purchase, look at the sellerís history. eBay is based on the honor system. If a seller is established and has a record of positive feedback, they should be trustworthy. #2 Credit card fraud. Hacked retailer database are a huge problem. Millions and millions of credit card numbers have been stolen because of unsecured sites

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

I am going to sharing some tips about Help to Avoid Online Shopping Scams: #1. Fake auctions: Itís not uncommon for an eBay auction to be set up by a scammer who has no intention of ever sending a product.

Laura Brown

9 Years Ago

Dahlonega, GA

I believe I have been scammed, has anyone else??? THe buyer was for an original, I was sent a check for 4 times the asking price and was to forward the rest to someone!!!!!!!!!!!! Didn't do it!

Xueling Zou

9 Years Ago

California

The Complete Guide to Avoiding Online Scams, please learn at: http://lifehacker.com/5420356/the-complete-guide-to-avoiding-online-scams-for-your-less-savvy-friends-and-relatives