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FINANCIAL SWINDLES AND SCAMS

For a comprehensive description of how these scams work and the dangers involved please visit http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/  

Fraud - Reporting Internet Scams
Fraud Prevention, Information and News about Fraud Online

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This site has an excellent coverage of the latest telephone and email scams. This includes the phone numbers and bank names used by scammers

Please read the Out of Africa note belowReaders should take care with these suspected scams. There could be some danger in prying further into the authors of these schemes. There is always the danger to your bank account should you "take the bait." Read one reader's notes of his experience with scams out of Africa.

Here is a new suspected email scam format and recent scams new to 2003.

What can you do about these scams? Site visitor, M O'Connor suggests reporting them to the email provider. They can look up the history of the user and cancel the account and others that person may have. It's a great way to get back at these people! Some contact addresses are abusedept@cs.excite.com, uk-abuse@yahoo-inc.com

Finally some successful action against these scammers. Full news report.

Browse our collection of more recent suspected email scams.

This  suspected email scam comes from a Legal Advisor in Lagos, and asks for asssitance to transfer 18.5 million. Read a copy of the letter.

ASIC advises that you should hang up on calls from International Asset Management, Level 24, Bangkok City Tower, 79 Southorn Road, Khwaeng Thungahamek, Khet Sathorn Bangkok, 10120, Thailand and Level 23, CP Tower, Silom Road, Silom Bangkok, 10500 Thailand. Full details of over fifty other suspect companies are on the ASIC website.

This  suspected email scam from Ghana promises gold and banknotes in return for your bank account details.

This one is sourced from Ghana and  promises to 'clean' banknotes if only you will pay for the expensive chemicals required to remove security coding from them.

Suspected Nigerian Email Scam We believe this is another variation on the standard Nigerian 'Lend us your bank account details...' letter. The difference is that this one comes by email.

This updated US site, fraud bureau,  is an excellent source dealing with financial scams based on the internet. What is new in Australia is probably old hat in the US, so it's worth checking for details in their extensive data base.

The most infamous of these is the Nigerian "We need your bank account details" letter. Browse a copy, along with identification notes and suggested action.

Consider this guide to detecting and learning about Internet scams. This includes suggestions for recognising and avoiding these scams.

In the modern economy all too often Adam Smith's "invisible hand" becomes the hand of the pickpocket.

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