Sunday, August 8, 2010

Reporting online scams

Yesterday I got a messege from someone telling me I should make a blog about different scams that people can find online.
Then I found an interesting article
well I decided to put the site I am now having trouble with, to the 10-sign test"

1.Big Money~If any site promises to make you a bunch of money in a short time, then it is probably a scam. Otherwise they would be doing it themselves instead of trying to sell you the info.
2.Who Are You~Be aware of any company that hides info on who they are & how to contact them.
3.Response Time~Before signing up, contact the site/company, and ask a question or two. Usually scammers don’t even bother to answer or respond to any email. Even if they do, it takes them a very long time to respond. Ask yourself if they take that long to respond to a question, how long is going take them to pay you (if they are even going to pay)?
4.Over Decorated~supposedly scam sites use more flash then non-scam sites.
5.Fake Testimonial~Most businesses use testimonial which is a good way to promote. But, if you pay close attention, you can easily spot the fake ones. For example, a testimonial about a product that helps you make more money with your site says “…with the help of the x program i have made that much money on my site. Regards, bill billy …”. If you check the mentioned site, 9 out of 10 times, either it doesn’t exist or if it does, no body by that name is responsible or have anything to do with the site
6.Too Easy~Now what kind of real job can you do with no hard work or experience and still make a few thousand dollars a week....NONE
7.Email offers~Don't you love getting emails from Nigera or where-ever addressed to "Dear Friend". Didn't realize I had friends in Nigera.
8.Pay A Fee And Keep It A Secret~What legitimate company that you have worked for before, required you to pay a fee in order for them to give you more detailed information on how to make money? And why would they be afraid if you told someone about this transaction?…
9.Free Email Address~I guess scammers like using gmail & yahoo for their emails. (I have both...hmmm)
10Gut~99% of the time, what your gut instinct tells you is the truth.

And I would like to add another one to that list: Check the company out at the "Better Business Bureau". Here is some info I found this week about Rob's site.

Business Contact and Profile for
Phone: (510) 595-2002
Address: PO Box 99800
Emeryville, CA 94662-9809

Principal: Mr Robert Benwell
Customer Contact: Mr Robert Benwell
File Open Date: February 2007
Type of Business: Investment Advisory Service
BBB Accreditation: is not a BBB Accredited business.

*~*PO Box 99800 in Emeryville, California is the address of this company's internet service provider, Melbourne IT a company located in Australia. On November 17, 2009 BBB was notified that the PO Box is no longer in use.

#1 I knew there was a problem with Rob and his website, when I instantly got emails from him with links to "buy" more stuff. When I went to his main site and wrote him a messege telling him I couldn't afford to buy anything...he didn't understand and keeps sending me emails with the same links.
#2 It has now been or 6 days since I first paid for his "FREE" service and I still havent seen my new blog.
#3 For whatever reason you cant always just hit reply to one of his emails...because his emails don't always work...havent figured out why. So I usually either send messeges to all 4 of his emails or have to just contact him from his website.

It seems like I am not the only person having trouble with Rob and his site. I did a search on hubpages to see if anyone had written anything on online-scams and here is 1 such page.

Don't trust everyone. Just as you wouldn't trust a stranger with your money in real life, there is no reason why you should do so on the internet.
I am in the process of checking these 5 places for info about ""
Internet Fraud Complaint Center - this is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), that strives to address fraud and scams committed over the Internet.

Better Business Bureau - file an online complaint against any company or charity that has treated you unfairly. The site also provides a national database of reliability reports. A positive report doesn't mean the company is definately a legitimate one, but on the other hand, companies with negative reports should be avoided.

Rip Off Report - file a report about any fraud or rip off scam you have come across. The report you file will be placed online for the world to see!

The National Fraud Information Center - this site is US based and is specialised in dealing with most kinds of internet and telemarketing frauds/scams.

Fraud Watch International - seeks to reduce the incidence of Internet fraud by educating consumers, shutting down fraudulent and scam sites and prosecuting frauders.

Federal Trade Commission - allows you to file a complaint about a particular company or organization, using a secure complaint form. Although the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, the complaint helps in fraud investigation, and can lead to law enforcement action.