Category Archives: scams

Scams, Schemes, and Scum: Advanced Fee Frauds

“Greetings!  I am the executor of the estate of the Nigerian Prince Iam Notreal.  I am looking for someone who can help transfer the money from his estate into the United States.  In return for your help in conducting this transfer, you will receive a substantial reward, equal to 45,029,387 US dollars.  I just need… Continue Reading

Scams, Schemes, and Scum: Pump and Dump

If you spend much time reading financial information online, you’ve probably noticed that many otherwise reputable sites have sidebars displaying advertisements touting penny stocks, with a come on like ‘3 penny stocks about to soar.’  In fact, you probably see several of them on my sidebar, now that I’ve used the phrase ‘penny stocks’ in… Continue Reading

Scams, Schemes, and Scum: Pyramid Schemes

All this week, we’re looking into some of the most popular scams used by ne’er do wells to take your money.  Today’s subject is especially diabolical, as it attempts to convince you to give up your money voluntarily, and then convince others to do the same thing.  These schemes also lose points for tarnishing the… Continue Reading

Scams, Schemes, and Scum: Ponzi Schemes

All this week, I’m going to be taking a closer look at many of the tricks and techniques used by men and women with questionable ethics in order to take money from innocent people, whose ranks include my readers (I hope…).  In order to help you fight against these charlatans, we’re going to look closer… Continue Reading