Take a minute to remember others

With Thanksgiving over, and the Christmas shopping season in full swing we at Scam Victims United are asking you to remember others this year.  You can do this by sponsoring a family who has recently been hit with a counterfeit cashier’s check scam, and make sure that the young children in that family still wake up with gifts under the tree.  We call this our Secret Santa Program, and if you are interested in being a part of it please contact Shawn

You can also help out by supporting Scam Victims United with a donation as small as the cost of a cup of coffee.

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Stay safe from scams at the holidays

This information can be found at
http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/091130.aspx

This holiday season the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI) is reminding people that cyber criminals continue to aggressively create new ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, and sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at a discounted price.

Fraudulent Classified Ads or Auction Sales
Internet criminals post classified ads or auctions for products they do not have. If you receive an auction product from a merchant or retail store, rather than directly from the auction seller, the item may have been purchased with someone else’s stolen credit card number. Contact the merchant to verify the account used to pay for the item actually belongs to you.

Shoppers should be cautious and not provide financial information directly to the seller, as fraudulent sellers will use this information to purchase items for their scheme from the provided financial account. Always use a legitimate payment service to protect purchases.

As for product delivery, unfamiliar Web sites or individuals selling reduced or free shipping to customers through auction sites many times are deemed to be fraudulent. In many instances, these Web sites or sellers provide shipping labels to their customers as a service. However, the delivery service providers are ultimately not being paid to deliver the package; therefore, packages shipped by the victims using these labels are intercepted by delivery service providers because they are identified as fraudulent.

Diligently check each seller’s rating and feedback along with their number of sales and the dates on which feedback was posted. Be wary of a seller with 100% positive feedback, if they have a low total number of feedback postings and all feedback was posted around the same date and time.

Gift Card Scam
Be careful about purchasing gift cards from auction sites or through classified ads. If you need a gift card, it is safest to purchase it directly from the merchant or another authorized retail store. If the gift card merchant discovers the card you received from another source or auction was initially obtained fraudulently, the merchant will deactivate the gift card number and it will not be honored for purchases.

Phishing and Smishing Schemes
Be leery of e-mails or text messages you receive indicating a problem or question regarding your financial accounts. In this scam, you are directed to follow a link or call the number provided in the message to update your account or correct the problem. The link actually directs the individuals to a fraudulent Web site or message that appears legitimate where any personal information you provide, such as account number and PIN, will be stolen.

Another scam involves victims receiving an e-mail message directing the recipient to a spoofed Web site. A spoofed Web site is a fake site or copy of a real Web site and misleads the recipient into providing personal information, which is routed to the scammer’s computers.

Tips
Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:

Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.

Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.

Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Virus scan the attachments if possible.

Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.

Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are actually directed to and determine if they actually match and will lead you to a legitimate site.

Log on directly to the official Web site for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.

Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine.

To receive the latest information about cyber scams, please go to the FBI Web site and sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking on one of the red envelopes. If you have received a scam e-mail, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.IC3.gov.

For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI’s New E-Scams and Warnings webpage at http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/escams.htm.

Help Scam Victims for the Holidays

The Holiday Season is approaching, and as always at Scam Victims United we would like to help those out that are going through really tough times this year due to scams.

We call it our “Secret Santa Program” and here is how it works . . . If you are a parent who has recently been hit by a scam and is now wondering how you are going to provide Christmas gifts for your child, please send a private message to me with the subject “Dear Santa” and in it list the ages of your children and one gift that they would like to see from Santa this year, along with your complete mailing address. (Please remember that this is supposed to be for small children who still believe in the magic of Santa)

Everyone else that visits this site, if you would like to help to make Christmas better for one child, or one family, please send me a private message with the subject “Santa’s Helper” and I will then forward you the information of one family that needs help this year. Please only contact me if you plan of following through . . . this could be the ONLY gift that some of these children get this year!

If you would like to help support ScamVictimsUnited.com this Holiday season you can send donations through PayPal http://www.scamvictimsunited.com/donations.htm
Purchase Scam Victims United merchandise at http://www.cafepress.com/scamvictim
Purchase books and movies at our Amazon Store http://astore.amazon.com/scamvictimsun-20
Purchase items from the retailers listed at http://shopittous.blogspot.com/

Retailers include
1-800-PetMeds
iTunes
Starbucks
Best Buy
Napster
plus many more!

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email/private message me.

Shawn Mosch
Co-Founder of ScamVictimsUnited.com

Find us on Twitter, Facebook and more through
http://www.retaggr.com/page/ShawnMosch

Support Scam Victims United while you shop

Support Scam Victims United by shopping with the following retailers. Every time that you make a purchase at one of these retailers through our links, a portion of what you spend will go to Scam Victims United.

If you plan on doing any of your Christmas shopping online, please think about doing it with our retailers. As we add more, you will be able to find them at http://shopittous.blogspot.com/

Scams and the Holiday Season

I saw this article today, http://www.kpcnews.com/articles/2008/11/30/features/columnists/cindy_bevington/hid116445sect_a85973188b5d8586bf.txt

and I just wanted to say that it is so sad that every year at this time we seem to see a rise in the number of people who become victims of scams.  People are looking for ways to make a few extra dollars so that they can have a happy hoilday season.  Many of them decide to sell something they own to bring in the extra cash . . . and then the scammers come along and the next thing they know they are even MORE strapped for money!  I wish I could just tell the scammers to give us all a break and take a couple of months off of work and let people just enjoy the holidays.

Help for Scam Victims at the Holidays

It is that time of year again, when we here at ScamVictimsUnited.com join together to help out others effected by these scams. This is a great way for those who have been victims and are now financially stable again to help out those who have just recently been hit by these scams.

 

 

This is something that is VERY special to my husband and myself since we became scam victims just before the holidays in 2002, and if it were not for the support of family and friends, it could have been a much different Christmas for us and our two children.

 

 

We call it our “Secret Santa Program” and here is how it works –

If you are a parent who has recently been hit by a scam and is now wondering how you are going to provide Christmas gifts for you child, please send a private message to me with the subject “Dear Santa” and in it list the ages of your children and one gift that they would like to see from Santa this year, along with your complete mailing address.  (Please remember that this is supposed to be for small children who still believe in the magic of Santa)

 

 

Everyone else that visits this site, if you would like to help to make Christmas better for one child, or one family, please send me a private message with the subject “Santa’s Helper” and I will then forward you the information of one family that needs help this year. Please only contact me if you plan of following through . . . this could be the ONLY gift that some of these children get this year!

 

 

And on a final note, if you do not wish to do either of these, we are looking to get official non-profit status in 2009, and we here at ScamVictimsUnited.com would be happy to accept any donations that will help us in this, and help to keep this site up and running and helping so many people. If you would like to make a donation to this cause, please email/private message me for information on where to send your donations.

 

 

If anyone has any questions, on any of this, feel free to email/private message me.