A Turkey travel scam.
Scammers always try to profit from the latest craze. One popular scam involves the acai berry. The acai berry itself is not a hoax. It has similar health benefits to other berries, and might even be of greater benefit. What it does not do is help you lose weight without diet and exercise.
A typical Lottery or Sweepstakes Scam begins with an email telling you that you have won a large amount of money, and giving you the name of a contact person or agent that you are supposed to work with in order to claim your money. The Ã¢â¬Ålottery winnerÃ¢â¬Â will be told that they need to pay a processing fee in order to claim their winnings. For some, these scams become an addiction much like gambling. There is the promise of a large amount of money, and it feels like it is so close, that they continue to send the Ã¢â¬ÅagentÃ¢â¬Â more and more money to cover all of the fictional fees and transfer charges.
Zulma Navarette has encountered not one but two loan modification scams. The 36-year-old Guatemalan native received unsolicited referrals to companies from a Spanish-speaking woman who had earlier helped her through the home-buying process. In both cases, Zulma was told not to talk to her bank directly.
The Iraqi dinar "investment" opportunity is a scam that has been around for a few years and has recently been regaining much of its former popularity. The opportunity is pitched as a way to profit from a nearly worthless Iraqi dinar that is "sure" to appreciate in the future. The scammers promise that millions of dollars in profits are virtually guaranteed if you buy the dinar at today's values (about 1,000 dinar to one US dollar) and then exchange the dinars back for dollars at a later date once the dinar exchange rate has improved.
Google Trends shows that online dating is getting popular. As a result, the number of romance scams as well as victims are on the rise. From my first hand experience, majority of the dating scams are from West African countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, etc. This is collectively called Nigerian Romance Scams - one of the various forms of Nigerian scams.
Some email users have lost money to bogus offers that arrived as spam in their in-box. Con artists are very cunning; they know how to make their claims seem legitimate. Some spam messages ask for your business, others invite you to a website with a detailed pitch.