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How to Tell it’s a Scam — 6 Comments

  1. Scams are all around us, and will likely increase during the Christmas season when people need more money, become more desperate, and are willing to believe anything.

    It is easy to become deceived when your powers of analysis and skepticism are dulled by desperation.

    And many people have a basic trusting personality – and these are the ones who can easily be duped into doing stupid things when coupled with desperation.

    Think of the elderly who are cheated out of their life savings because they believed an unscrupulous telephone marketer.  I have had people call my house to try to sell a scam who became indignant when I would not fall for their scheme.  They start calling you names, threaten to sue, and try to make you feel guilty.

    These are the worst people alive, and they are everywhere.

    Thankfully there is a site like this which will help you to “fight for your money back.”  Thank you also for having a list of legitimate companies who are in the business of helping people to help themselves – thereby helping the company.  

    It is also a beautiful site with lots of good styling and features.  Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Hi Dave,

      The scams always increase around the Holidays. The Pickpockets, and Gift thieves come out of the woodwork like cockroaches. Of course we have Holiday Scams Circulating Online every year as well!

      Those phone solicitors are the worst, calling on our cell phones now, burning up minutes of people on limited minutes. I am on the Do Not Call list, but I still get an occasional call.

      Most sites will report scams, but few tell you what you can do to get your money back! My Checklist along with the detailed article What Steps to Take if You Get Scammed will help people get organized when they need to fight for their money back.

      Thanks for the kind words for my site, I think it needs tons of work!!

      Thanks for the great comments Dave,


  2. This is such a worthwhile article that can save people thousands in lost monies do to scams, well done. Just the links you provided for the federal trade commission and especially the internet crime complaint center ( which I bookmarked by the way thank you) is so valuable. When I first started online yrs ago I wasted hundreds on such scams ..never again because of articles like yours I am much more educated thank you for informing the public of these scammers.

    • Hi Cathy,

      Thank you for such kind words! I sure hope that people do benefit from my misfortune, and school of hard knocks wisdom! I wanted people to know exactly where to go to to report these scammers! It does make a difference, The latest scam Matt Lloyd’s Mobe Scam Shutdown by the FTC shows that reporting these scams to the FTC eventually pays off!

      If you print out the Checklist, you will have all those numbers and you can keep them close to your home phone.

      I am intending to remain vigilant against all these scammers and will continue to report them as long as I can.

      Thank you for your great comments Cathy,


  3. With so many scams and frauds out there it is really difficult to tell sometimes if a company is legit or not. Your comprehensive checklist makes it a lot easier to decipher the scam from the real thing. I love that you have given us some real concrete ways to distinguish the  scam companies. It really is a bummer that these people prey on those of us who don’t have the money in the first place, but they make it sound like such a good “dream come true” kind of opportunity. 

    I thank you for your checklist! I wish I had seen it years ago when I was getting taken by one scam after another! Now I will be smarter and wiser.

    • Hi Karin,

      There is an old Pennsylvania Dutch Saying “We grow too soon oldt and too late Shmart! The scammers are getting so sophisticated that more intelligent people are falling for the scams. So, it just gets harder and harder for us to tell what is a scam and what isn’t. Some are not so obvious! 

      Thanks for the kind words! I am glad that you find the Checklist useful. The article ” How to Tell it’s a Scam” will help arm you with the knowledge to help sort out the scams. 

      Yes, everyone wants the easy money! But, it is just not real. You might as well look for the “Pot of Gold” at the end of the Rainbow, it ain’t happening!

      I hope you never have to use any of the information because you have avoided all the scam out there! But, remember to pass it on to anyone who has not been so lucky!

      Thanks for your great comments Karin,


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