Common Scams & Frauds

The Internet has revolutionized shopping, business and social life, but it has also created new opportunities for con artists and thieves. Before the rise of e-commerce cons ran their schemes in person, by mail or over the phone. Now they can hide behind convincing but phony websites and email their too-good-to-be-true offers to thousands of consumers from almost anywhere in the world.

  1. Consumer Sentinel: Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data January - December 2006, Federal Trade Commission, February 2007