Credit Card Satellite Dish Scam

A local mom-and-pop store finds itself part of an FBI investigation into a low-tech theft scheme involving credit cards. It all began when someone spotted people on the roof of Pat’s Place in Waynesville and called police. Investigators think the bad guys were targeting the satellite dish that transmits credit card transactions. Scammers use tinfoil [...]
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Grandparent Scam

‘Grandparent scam’ leaves Calgary woman out $5,000 Police have charged a 28-year-old Montreal man with defrauding Albertans of tens of thousands of dollars in a so-called “grandparent scam.” These scams often involve people calling elderly victims alleging to be a close relative who needs money due to an emergency of some sort. The victims are [...]
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Distraction Scam: The Cardboard Children of Rome

4) The Cardboard Children of Rome While not restricted to Rome, the cardboard children can be found in many places where tourists are wandering around, enjoying the sights. The pack of children, usually numbering from 6-8, each carry a piece of cardboard, about the size of a shirt cardboard in front of him/herself, They approach [...]
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Contact Western Union Office

From: JIMI YESTER Date: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 6:28 AM Subject: Contact Western Union Office To: bkcostilla@gmail.com Welcome to Western Union Send Money Worldwide we have deposited the funds as we agreed with western union, Now all you have to do is to contact them via e-mail:(western13131@rediffmail.com) +229-9930-8457 they will give you direction on [...]
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Number – Two Mechanic Scams

No.2 Fuel injection service Here’s a mechanic scam with ties to the engine and transmission treatments mentioned elsewhere. Again, it’s all about removing contaminants and restoring efficiency and performance, like finding “hidden” horsepower. And like the others, it’s to be taken with a massive grain of salt — probably best avoided altogether. Name-brand gasoline usually [...]
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Employment Scams

Job Training – Job Guaranteed Look out for ads promoting job training that claim to guarantee employment and high starting salaries with the same company that offers the training. Often this ‘training’ does not lead to employment and legitimate employers may not recognize the certification. From the ministry’s case files: An individual responded to a [...]
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Popular Tactics To Avoid

By preying on our insecurities, sly marketers get the information they’re really after. That’s why it’s important to proceed with caution if: It sounds too good to be true. You’re asked to send personal or financial information before they disclose an offer. You’re promised a valuable prize in return for a low-cost purchase. You’re pressured [...]
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Service Scams

Service scams are any false, deceptive or misleading promotion of services or solicitation for services. These scams typically involve third parties that make offers for telecommunications, internet, finance, medical and energy services. This category of scams may also include, but is not limited to, offers such as extended warranties, insurance and sales services.
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More on Bogus Charities

If an unfamiliar charity organization contacts you – by mail, phone or Internet – be careful. Bogus charities often use names that are very close to the names of legitimate and respected charities. Don’t trust high-pressure or threatening telemarketers who want you to contribute immediately. If someone calls and thanks you for a pledge you [...]
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More Door-to Door Sale Scams

Older adults are frequent victims of door-to-door scams and high-pressure sales tactics. While some door-to-door salespeople are honest, the chances are likely that whoever answers the door is about to be swindled. Con-artists often try to encourage older adults into buying unnecessary products or services. They usually appear friendly and appear sincere in their desire [...]
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Ongoing Telemarketing Fraud

While telemarketers call people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes, calls to older adults make up a large percentage. Some statistics believe as much as 80 per cent (according to the American Association of Retired Persons).Telemarketers sales pitches are sophisticated and include phony prizes, illegitimate sweepstakes, fake charities, and bogus investments. Take these precautions to [...]
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Home Improvement Fraud

Home improvement contractors use several methods of targeting seniors: high pressure phone calls, flyers, advertisements and door-to-door-sales. Fraudulent contractors can be very effective in making people think their services are needed, and then defrauding their victims. Before you hire a contractor to do renovations or repairs to your home, do your homework: Use a local [...]
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No. 10 Replacing Spark Plugs Prematurely

In your father’s day, spark plugs had the lifespan of a housefly compared to their modern counterparts. Open your owner’s manual to see for yourself and you might discover that you drive a car with 100,000-mile spark plug replacement intervals. Even if that’s really only feasible under the most gentle of operating conditions, you see [...]
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No. 8 Unnecessary Upgrade to Synthetic Oil

Whatever your opinion on the last mechanic scam, you can’t discount the benefits of the original engine treatment: regular oil and filter changes. When done as recommended by your car’s manufacturer, you’ll probably avoid needing miracle cures altogether. Just don’t get scammed with an unneeded upgrade to synthetic oil. Although synthetic definitely won’t harm your [...]
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No. 7 Replacing Air or Cabin Filter Prematurely

Here’s another scam seen frequently at the McOil Change places. The mechanic has grim news to report: It’s your air filter, and it doesn’t look good. Maybe the cabin filter too, and that’s important to maintain healthy air inside the car. Right. A guy looking like Kid Rock with missing teeth and cigarette breath is [...]
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No.6 Transmission Treatment

No.6 Transmission treatment Tranny servicing isn’t just a section on Craigslist, it’s something you’ll need to explore on your car. It’s also a source of mechanic scams. For too many people, too little attention is paid to the transmission. Beyond when to put it in park, reverse or drive, no conscious thought is given until [...]
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No – 2 Fuel Injection Service

Here’s a mechanic scam with ties to the engine and transmission treatments mentioned elsewhere. Again, it’s all about removing contaminants and restoring efficiency and performance, like finding “hidden” horsepower. And like the others, it’s to be taken with a massive grain of salt — probably best avoided altogether. Name-brand gasoline usually contains enough additives to [...]
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No. 5 Premature Cooling-System Flush

The idea of a cooling-system flush itself isn’t truly a mechanic scam, but selling it prematurely is in many cases. Let’s say your coolant tests in the acceptable performance range, but you’re at the manufacturer’s recommended change interval. While you could just have the drain and refill done, a little extra time and money can [...]
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No. 4 Unneeded Air Conditioning Recharge

You might think you know whether or not your air conditioning is fully functional, but the mechanic disagrees. “You’re only blowing X degrees,” he says, which stirs potentially unsettling mental images. Then he offers to recharge the system’s refrigerant, which is something most of us won’t touch on our own. So where’s the scam? If [...]
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