With the seemingly deepening global economic crisis, all types of scams have come out lately.
Some few weeks ago, scam ads had been reported as running on Facebook pages.
Now, the economic stimulus scams.
The Federal Trade Commission has has recently warned consumers that they could get stung by an economic stimulus scam which may come in different forms.
One such form is that scammers are telling consumers they can help them qualify for a payment from President Obama’s economic stimulus package. All they have to do is provide a little information or a small payment.
And right now, this is being conducted on the web and in e-mail.
“E-mail messages may ask for bank account information so that the operators can deposit consumers’ share of the stimulus directly into their bank account. Instead, the scammers drain consumers’ accounts of money and disappear. Or bogus e-mail may appear to be from government agencies and ask for information to “verify” that you qualify for a payment. The scammers use that information to commit identity theft. Some e-mail scams don’t ask for information, but provide links to find out how to qualify for funds. By clicking on the links, consumers have downloaded malicious software or spyware that can be used to make them a victim of identity theft.”