On Line Scams

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What is a Scam?  A scam is a confidence trick (synonyms include con, confidence game, confidence scheme, ripoff, scam, and stratagem)  and is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the classical sense of trust. Confidence tricks exploit characteristics of the human psyche, such as credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, and greed.

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SCAMS

The perpetrator of a confidence trick (or "con trick") is often referred to as a confidence (or "con") man, con-artist, or a "grifter". Samuel Thompson (1821–1856) was the original "confidence man". Thompson was a clumsy swindler who asked his victims to express confidence in him by giving him money or their watch rather than gaining their confidence in a more nuanced way. A few people trusted Thompson with their money and watches. Thompson was arrested in July 1849. Reporting about this arrest, Dr. James Houston, a reporter of the New York Herald, publicised Thompson by naming him the "Confidence Man". Although Thompson was an unsuccessful scammer, he gained reputation as a genius operator mostly because Houston's satirical writing wasn't understood as such. The National Police Gazette coined the term "confidence game" a few weeks after Houston first used the name "confidence man". 

A confidence trick is also known as a con game, a con, a scam, a grift, a hustle, a bunko (or bunco), a swindle, a flimflam, a gaffle, or a bamboozle. The intended victims are known as marks, suckers, stooges, mugus, rubes, or gulls (from the word gullible). When accomplices are employed, they are known as shills. 

In today's electronic age scams are now being used in email communications and on-line sites, where many people can be drawn in quickly and relatively easily.

Short and Long Cons

A short con or small con is a fast swindle which takes just minutes. It typically aims to rob the victim of everything in his wallet. 

A long con or big con is a scam that unfolds over several days or weeks and involves a team of swindlers, as well as props, sets, extras, costumes, and scripted lines. It aims to rob the victim of huge sums of money or valuable things, often by getting him or her to empty out banking accounts and borrow from family members.

On-line scams can be immediate, visitor pays for something that is never supplied and probably never existed in the first place. The card used to pay is then used by the perpetrator to pay for services or cloned to make purchases is stores.

Some are over a period of time, where a person is convinced to join a scheme with big payouts, they join and receive a small payout quickly, convincing them to invest more to get a bigger payout which never comes.

Morrisons Scam

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Facebook/Morrisons Scam

If you see this ad posted on facebook, DO NOT click the links or enter any information on the page it goes to. The domain it goes to is nothing to do with Morrisons and is a scam to get your personal details. You have been warned!!

Tesco Scam

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Facebook/Tesco Scam

If you see this ad posted on facebook, DO NOT click the links or enter any information on the page it goes to. The domain it goes to is nothing to do with Tesco and is a scam to get your personal details. You have been warned!!

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Westpac - Email Scam 1

The claim link in this email does NOT go to westpac.com.au/redeem It goes to:
https://dypatilskills.com/test where they will try to get your login details to your bank account. Not an issue for people that do not have a Westpac account, but if you do delete the email at once and do not click any links.

The domain is owned by :
Organization: NagpurVentures Mailing Address: Maharashtra, India

We have emailed GoDaddy are are currently awaiting a reply.

Westpac
Westpac

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Westpac - Email Scam 2

This is a classic attempt to get your bank log in details. The Verify Now button does NOT go to Westpac but goes to https://nagpuraviation.com/test.

The domain is owned by :

Registrant:
Organization: NagpurVentures
Mailing Address: Maharashtra, India

And is registered by:
GoDaddy.com, LLC
IANA ID: 146
Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Abuse Contact Phone: tel:480-624-2505

We have emailed GoDaddy are are currently awaiting a reply.

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Some information about Scamming/Phishing gleaned from Wikipedia