Scams are designed to steal your money or identity!

Every day people fall victim to scams of one kind or another.

Some are very sophisticated and can use very persuasive techniques, where others just appeal to greed.


It could be an unexpected lottery win, an opportunity to make millions by helping to get money out of a country, or sending money to someone you met on a dating site to cover medical expenses after an accident.

Everyone is a target, and the scammers see us as a money tree.

The key is to avoid becoming a victim in the first place.

Remember: if its sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

There are warning signs that you can recognize in order to protect yourself and your money from the scammers.

You can prevent becoming a victim of a scam by:

  • Reading through our site
  • Subscribing to our newsletter
  • Subscribing to our update service [the orange RSS button on the left under the navigation bar] that keeps you updated on all the new or changed Web pages that appear on Watch For Scams, as well as updates on scams, all without providing your email address
  • Bookmark and regularly check Scam Alerts for quick, brief updates
  • Telling your friends and family to do the same using either the 'Share this page' feature at the bottom of every page, or by contacting them directly

You can also make us aware of any scams you think you have encountered by using our Report Scams.

We have received requests for a concise book on scams that outlines the main scams, but includes some 'Golden Rules' to help avoid most scams, as well as some general tips.

Scam Book

The book is now completed and available on the Scam Book page on this site.

We have added a new feature providing you an opportunity on most of the scam topics to add your knowledge, stories, experience, or tips to help others from being scammed. Look at the bottom of each page to find out if you can contribute.

To speed up finding the topics on this website that you are interested in, there is a search function Sitesearch at the top of the navigation bar on the left hand side. Just type in a word or phrase and Sitesearch will find all references to it within this site.

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