Online scams

Below are common scams being used by fraudsters who target victims via the Internet.

Continuity scams

Continuity scams largely take place when someone who is online observes a pop-up or advertisement offering a free trial or free gift upon completion of a survey.

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Identity theft refers to acquiring and collecting someone else's personal information for criminal purposes.

Deceptive Marketing of Counterfeit Goods

Fraudsters trick consumers into buying counterfeit goods at discounted prices through spoofed websites

Overpayment scams

A seller receives a cheque from the purchaser for an amount over what is owed, and is asked to wire the excess funds to a third party

Buying and selling merchandise

Involves scams related to buying and selling goods purchased online

Romance scams

Any individual with false romantic intentions

Loan scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent solicitation involving the advertisement of a loan

Extortion scams

Any person who unlawfully obtains money, property or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion

Prize scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent solicitation advising victims they have won – or have a chance to win – a prize

Investment scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent investment opportunity, often offering higher than normal return

Vacation scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent solicitation in which an advance fee is required to secure or hold a vacation

Service scams

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent promotion or solicitation for services

Rental scam

Any false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent solicitation in which an advance fee is required to secure or hold a rental property

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