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1. If a member asks for money should I send it?

2. Is there a Russian scam list somewhere?

3. I received a message from Nigeria asking for money?

4. Should I give out my email address?

5. What other scams should I be aware of?
   
  1. If a member asks for money should I send it?
 
  Absolutely not! If a member asks for money, in any amount, this is a clear indication that it is a scam. Please forward us the name of this member.
 
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  2. Is there a Russian scam list somewhere?
 
  Yes, we have found a great list maintained by Russian Brides Cyber Guide. This is a list of disreputable/fraud agencies introducing Russian women for marriage. Tactics using by scam artists from Russia (Ukraine, Belarus, FSU). Names and photos of reported scammers.
Click here for their summary list.
There is also another great list called Scam Alert.
 
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  3. I received a message from Nigeria asking for money?
 
  This scam is probably the most popular (or unpopular) circulating the Net today. It is indeed a scam. To find out more please go here - Nigerian Fraud Watch. As with all messages of this nature, please forward the members name to us.
 
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  4. Should I give out my email address?
 
  Absolutely not! In addition to being against our Terms it also opens you up to receive spam and junk mail. The unfortunate reality is that there are people out there that trawl for email addresses for this purpose.
 
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5. What other scams should I be aware of?

 
  Fraudulent emails claiming to be from reputable companies are designed to entice recipients into divulging sensitive credit card and bank account details. Familiarize yourself with the techniques employed and avoid becoming a victim of these scams.  
     
  Email banking scams
 
  Emails falsely claiming to be from the likes of Citibank, NatWest, and other reputable banking entities attempt to entice recipients into divulging their ATM/Debit card and PIN numbers. A recent rash of these fraudulent emails have been discovered worldwide. The email employs a new twist designed to fool even the skeptical.  
     
  eBay and PayPal scams
 
  Reputable firms such as eBay and PayPal have been besieged by email scammers attempting to pilfer valuable credit card details from unsuspecting customers. Here's how to ferret out these scams.  
     
  Email credit card scams  
  We have just charged your credit card for money laundry service in amount of $234.65... Yeah. Right. Sadly, though, the scam continues to thrive so somebody must be responding. But it's not just credit cards these thieves are after. Discover the hidden agenda behind this scam and avoid becoming a victim.  
     
  eBay update scam resurfaces
 
  An email pretending to be from support@ebay.com is designed to dupe members into revealing personal financial details  
     
  Link flaw a serious exploit for scammers
 
  A vulnerability in the way web addresses are interpreted by some browsers makes financial email scams, known as phishing, even easier. The vulnerability causes a spoofed URL (web address) to appear in the browser's address bar, making it appear as if visitors are on one site, when in fact they are on another.  
     
  FDIC emails scams by fear
 
  Imagine getting an email from the FDIC that not only claimed your bank account was in jeopardy, but warned that you were under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and various state and local law enforcement agencies. Sound scary?  
     
  Citibank victim of flaw
 
  Citibank customers were among the first targeted by miscreants exploiting a flaw in the way some browsers interpret web addresses. The flaw allows a different web address to appear in the browser than is actually being displayed.  
     
  Webber Trojan Targets Wells Fargo, Citibank Customers
 
  A Trojan disguising itself as correspondence from reputable banking entities Wells Fargo, Citibank, and E-Loan has been compromising infected systems and downloading other infected executables.  
     
  'Slave Reparations' Scams Target Black Seniors
 
  Old scams targeting elderly black people keep resurfacing, exploiting false rumors that African Americans are due tax refunds based on a decades-old "Slave Reparations Act" and raising fears among authorities that con artists are bilking victims of money and personal information.  
     
  Best Buy 'Fraud Alert' Email Scam
 
  An email claiming to be a 'Fraud Alert' from Best Buy is actually a scam designed to trick people into divulging their personal information to identity thieves via bogus websites.  
 

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