Online Fraud Prevention – Beware of SCAMS and Online Fraud.

Please be aware of scam artist that use email to take advantage of free and sometimes paid services such as online classifieds. If something sounds suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is. Below are some helpful hints to avoid being caught in a scam:

  • Deal with local people you can meet in person and/or by a local area phone call. This will help avoid scam artists that exploit the internet.
  • Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.).
  • Never wire funds (via Western Union, MoneyGram or other wire services).
  • Beware when payment is required up front or when you are asked to return money to the buyer. Example: If your item price is $200 and a buyer says they will send you a check for $500 and ask you to mail them the difference – this is a scam. Do not comply and avoid this buyer.
  • Be cautious of emails with selling errors, grammar problems or inconsistent information. It may originate outside the country.
  • Scammers will often “guarantee” a transaction – this is common in fraudulent deals.
  • Be cautious of buyers who are working for a “Client” – again deal only with people you can meet with in person or trust.
  • Ljworld.com is not involved in any transaction. We are not involved with shipping, payment or any other part of your transaction with a buyer or seller.
  • Use good old fashioned common sense. Think carefully about the information you give to a buyer or seller.

Be a savvy internet user and investigate your options!

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Visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center for important information on Internet Crime Prevention Tips and Internet Crime Schemes. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC#) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

Internet crime schemes that steal millions of dollars each year from victims continue to plague the Internet through various methods. Following are preventative measures that will assist you in being informed prior to entering into transactions over the Internet:

  • Action Fraud
  • Counterfeit Cashier’s Check
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Debt Elimination
  • DHL/UPS
  • Employment/Business Opportunities
  • Escrow Services Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Internet Extortion
  • Investment Fraud
  • Lotteries
  • Nigerian Letter or “419”
  • Phishing/Spoofing
  • Ponzi/Pyramid Schemes
  • Reshipping
  • Spam
  • Third Party Receiver of Funds.

For more information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on internet schemes, visit www.fbi.gov

Colorado Attorney General - John W. Suthers
1525 Sherman St.
7th floor
Denver, CO 80203
(303)866-4500
FAX: (303)866-5691
Consumer Protection - stop.fraud@state.co.us

The Anti-Phishing Working Group ( http://www.antiphishing.org/ ) is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.

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