Emergencies have become a popular way to deceive innocent people out of their hard earned money. Scammers pose as relatives or friends asking for help in an emergency.
Types of Fraud
In a lottery scam, you may receive notification that you have won money or a prize in a competition, lottery or sweepstakes that you do not remember entering. The notification may come by mail, telephone, email, text message or social media.
Romance scams typically arise through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to try and lure their victims. Sometimes, they make first contact via the phone to establish a “real” relationship. These scams are also known as “catfishing.”
Some scammers steal authentic listings of rental properties, change the listing’s e-mail address or other contact information, or place modified ads on other websites. There are other scammers that invent listings of places that are not for rent or that do not exist, and they try to pique your interest by advertising rentals at a price below the market value.