Forget the “red flags” – the ONE thing you need to know

There are so many websites and sources that will list the warning signs and red flags to look out for so that you do not fall victim to a scam.  These lists of things to look for are wonderful resources, but I have found over the years that some potential scam victims will read those lists and if one of them does not fit their situation then they think “Well, maybe it is not a scam.”

Some sites, including ours at, will have message boards or other places where people can post the name of their scammer, their email address or even a picture that the scammer is using.  While these are helpful because some of this information will come up in a Google search that a potential scam victim will run, but there are other potential scam victims who will say “I did not find the name/email address/picture of the person I am talking to on a scam awareness site, so this all must be real.”

If you forget all of the “red flags” that everyone has been taught over the years and remember just this one thing it will save you from a majority of the scams that we deal with through our site . . . if someone sends you in the mail/via over night carrier service, a cashier’s check or money order and then asks you to wire any portion of that money to anyone IT IS A SCAM.


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