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The FBI's New "Top Ten" List

12/01/2005 - The FBI has come out with a "top ten" check list of things to alert you that you may be about to be scammed. If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you could be involved in a fraud or about to be scammed:

Do you have a check or money order from an item you sold on the Internet, such as a car, boat, jewelry, etc?

Is the amount of the check more than the item's selling price?

Did you receive the check via an overnight delivery service?

Is the check connected to communicating with someone by email?

Is the check drawn on a business or individual account that is different from the person buying your item or product?

Have you been informed that you were the winner of a lottery, such as Canadian, Australian, El Gordo, or El Mundo that you did not enter?

Have you been instructed to "wire", "send" or "ship" money, as soon as possible, to a large U.S. city or to another country, such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?

Have you been asked to pay money to receive a deposit from another country such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?

Are you receiving pay or a commission for facilitating money transfers through your account?

Did you respond to an email requesting you to confirm, update, or provide your account information?

If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, contact your bank immediately to determine the best way to handle your particular situation. Fight back - don't get ripped off.

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