One of the things that I’ve been involved in over the last couple of years is fighting online scams. In fact, there’s a new project coming out quite soon which I have been involved in; there will be more on that in the next couple of days. As of right now, there are a couple more tweaks to be done to it and it will be ready to launch. 🙂
However, one of the most frequently asked questions is one of why the media or government doesn’t do anything to get the word out about these scams. As it so happened, about a week or two ago, I was having a rare moment of watching TV, and I saw this ad:
The site mentioned is fakechecks.org, and it is one of those sites that I think everyone needs to check out, and read through. If you don’t have a lot of time, then just check out the victim interview section – particularly this interview. I’ve got it posted below as well. If there is anyone who doesn’t believe that these scams have a real effect on the victims and their relatives, this video (along with the other ones that are on the site) will change your mind.
Stories like these are the reason I bait and the reason I want everyone to know about these scams. I applaud the victims who have been willing to come forward and share their stories for this site, and for the US Postal Inspection Service having the forethought to create this program. Hopefully it will go a long way to finally getting the word out there for everyone.
Spread the Word
I’d like not only this post, but also the fakechecks.org site to be seen by as many people as possible; if you wish, stumble both sites, put them on digg, bookmark them, send them to your friends – all that matters is that word gets out.
If you want some more information on these scams, check out a guest post I did at FreshBlogger in June – How to NOT Make Money on the Internet, along with Snoskred’s post from July – Snoskred made 5 MILLION DOLLARS online this year!