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Cover Story - March 9, 2012

Common scams in Palo Alto

The number of scams listed by the FBI is mind-spinning: telemarketing fraud, the Nigerian letter, advance-fee schemes, health care and health-insurance bonds, letter of credit, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, Internet fraud, credit-card fraud, funeral and cemetery schemes, reverse mortgages — even tax-refund scams.

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— Sue Dremann

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Posted by scams
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Auto and home repair scams can happen with auto dealerships or with licensed contractors. They love to prey on older people and immigrants.


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Posted by Moises Romero
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Wow! It's almost the same scams I read at Callercenter.com. Could there be one big scammer organization operating all over US? Their schemes seem to be interconnected.


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Posted by Moises Romero
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Wow! It's almost the same scams I read at Callercenter.com. Could there be one big scammer organization operating all over US? Their schemes seem to be interconnected.


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Posted by Gopal Das
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

Unfortunately, there are still tons of scams out there…There is a new iPhone app recently released, called Scam Detector, which exposes like 500 scams. It is worth checking it out, if you have an iPhone. The app is also online - they have a free web version, if interested. Google it, it's kinda cool, actually.


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