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    *** Scams Alert! ***

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    This is a good guide for todays world, the only thing I saw in it that I would question is their suggestion that you use a sevice like PayPal when dealing with online purchases. Although PayPal has been the standard for a long time(mostly due to it's association with Ebay), I have had problems with them, and heard first hand from aquaintances and various forums and online sources that claim to be totally frustrated with them in the past couple of years. Administrative mistakes that end up costing us users money coupled with difficulty getting through to anyone at PayPal for help are the main ones. Some cases involved that I'm familiar with would have faired better if they had of paid via credit card, especially in the cases where payment was made for a product that never arrived. I realize this is not a scam(I hope), but it can cause a consumer to have been "ripped off" all the same.
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    Bejesus, as if we can't enough of these ... more types of scams, no. 10 is a real bugger "Scam of the Year" ... from Sherly Smolkin of Toronto Star - http://www.thestar.com/business/pers..._the_year.html

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    I found it interesting to learn why so much spam/phishing is done with such poorly concealed fradulence. Apparently they are targeting the very most gullible or obtuse people they can. They don't use very sophisticated or convincing scams because they don't want to waste time on marks that may be drawn in initially but get a bad vibe and back out.

    Realizing that, it seems very difficult to protect these people from scams. The only thing I can think of is to waste scammers time to reduce their ROI. Think of it as community service...

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    If they want to talk to you, just let them talk and talk and talk. Put the phone down on speakerphone and ask a bunch of inane questions and play along, but don't give any personal info. Eventually they will get frustrated and end the call.

    Same goes with the Nigerian prince scammers...

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    Refer them here: http://www.itslenny.com/

    (that site is so, so worth a visit and a listen)

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    I fell for one of those email scams that said something like "Canada Post tracking #xxxxxxxx undeliverable" and as I was expecting a parcel, I opened it, no doubt releasing a tidal wave of malware.

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    Those malwares must have created havoc on your pc ... that must have been a bunch of PITAs to get rid of. I was lucky that opening an email asking for "emergency funds" by a scammer disguised under a friend's email (only I haven't been in contact with the friend for years) didn't cause harm to my pc.

    Here's another scam alert: http://www.thestar.com/business/pers...ue_agency.html ... with tax season nearing, don't fall for it!
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    http://www.thestar.com/news/investig...on_scheme.html

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/phone-scamm...214556875.html

    Very sad and unfortunate situations ... seniors are so vulnerable to these predators.

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    Not sure if this falls under scams..but certainly a novel way to collect money from all the suckers out there ($100 a piece) in order for them to "qualify" for winning their home.
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily...203112809.html

    Assuming they find 300 suckers that are each willing to part with $100 at the opportunity to win this ..home, and who knows what pitfalls await them after taking
    possession...it still is a novel way of "selling your home"..and collecting possibly more than it's worth on the open real estate market.
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