Tag: scam

Maybe you've seen ads for stuffing envelopes or assembling crafts at home. Perhaps a company says it can help you set up a vending business. Before you sign on the dotted line or send money to buy a business opportunity, find out about the...

Unwanted commercial email – also known as "spam" – can be annoying. Worse, it can include bogus offers that could cost you time and money. Take steps to limit the amount of spam you get, and treat spam offers the same way you would treat an...

Investment opportunities that claim to be low risk and high reward almost always are frauds. When researching investments, turn to unbiased sources, like:

the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission your state securities regulator securities...

Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. And many forge successful relationships. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims. They create fake profiles to build online...

Penny auctions might be a fun way to try to get big ticket items at reduced prices. But in many ways, a penny auction is more like a lottery than a traditional online auction. In a penny auction, you have to pay to bid. Before you know it, you...

So-called “Nigerian” email scams are characterized by convincing sob stories, unfailingly polite language, and promises of a big payoff.

The Bait:

These messages are the butt of late night jokes, but people still respond to them. The...

Whether you call them cell phones, smart phones or mobile devices, it seems like everyone has one. According to the wireless telecommunications industry, the U.S. now has an estimated 300 million mobile subscribers, compared to 110 million...

Scammers pretending to work for the U.S. government are targeting refugees from Bhutan who have recently resettled in the United States. They tell the refugees that they are eligible to get $10,000 from the government, but first, they have to pay...

Questions and answers about how to get legitimate immigration help — and from whom.

I need to know which immigration forms to use I need to get immigration forms. I need help filling out my immigration forms. Who can help me fill out my...

Produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State.

Each year, the U.S. Department of State runs the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. That program lets people from some countries apply to be a "Lawful Permanent Resident." That is...

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