Q. Why do some people prey on others through scams?

A. It depends. For some, the work invested in scamming others takes at least as much time as an honest full-time job, but the freedom to work how they want, where they want, and when they want is alluring. It could be the feeling of power and superiority when a scam is successful. There are also those in countries where job opportunities are slim or non-existent and scams are a way to survive in a hostile land.

Q. Can I truly be safe from all scams?

A. The short answer is no. Scammers will use many tricks to steal from others, and they invent new scams all the time. You can, however, reduce your chances of being scammed by staying informed. Read their latest schemes by vising this site, websites listed in the Resources tab, and by reading the news. Keeping your knowledge of scams updated through as many sources as possible is the best way to enhance your defense against scammers.

Q. What should I do if I’ve been scammed?

A. Report it. Criminals can only be caught if those they’ve scammed report the crime. Call your local authorities and ask how you should proceed. Do your part to make sure the person who scammed you goes to jail so he or she can never harm anyone again.