Fraud types


There are many known scams, pitches and fraud types, including variations thereof, with new ones invented daily. Browse this section for a list and description of common ones. Also refer to the Little Black Book of Scams for further tips.

Below is a description of common scams and frauds, organized by the medium used to reach the potential victim. (Since identity theft crosses all mediums, it gets its own section.) Even though parts of the scam may change and new scams are invented almost daily, the best way to protect yourself is to be informed. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Telemarketing scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent act where the fraudsters attempt to reach potential victims by phone

Online scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent act that potential victims may come across while using the internet

Email scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent act made for personal gain or to damage another individual through email

Identity theft

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent act used to obtain someone else's personal information for criminal purposes

Business scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent act used to manipulate or falsify documents to mimic a real business in order to deceive consumers

Mail scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent act carried out with the use of mail, either through the postal or private mail carrier service

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