Scams How to spot them in Your Industry!

Protecting the consumers from the robbers!

Have you been scammed on your goals

Have you really been taught how to write goals or is it just a support option that you have told is big value from a course, training or seminar?

Roy McDonald told me all I need to know about goals setting and how to make the most of them each day. Roy said you must start your goals with your “why”, if your why is not enough you will never have the determination to complete the action necessary to achieve a goal.

1. Why do you want this?

Roy McDonald also has a system to writing goals its called “smarties

Specific,

Measurable,

Attainable,

Realistic,

Tangible,

Inspirational,

Emotional,

Success.

Don’t attend a seminar that tells you to set goals unless they give you support written documents that you can refer to help you on your way. If I was to recommend a site it would be http://onelifegoals.com, they have a great tool at the Goal setting workshop.

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April 1, 2010 Posted by | Seminars, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

7 Tips For Spotting An Investment Scam

Author: P. Christopher Music

Do you know the tale-tell characteristics that indicate “investment scam?”

Over the course of the last two decades in the financial industry, I have had good fortune, and yes, bad fortune in learning about the realities of investments.   When I speak with investors, it’s not uncommon for some people to insist on certain delusions they have accumulated regarding the subject.  This article is an effort to give you some the characteristics of any investment proposal that deserves your careful scrutiny and distrust.

Most investment scams have certain characteristics in common:

  1. 1. Secrecy – Any investment program that is worth anything can stand up to the scrutiny of financial advisors, accountants, attorneys and anybody else with some investment acumen.  Many scams create this confidentiality to give the investor the feeling that they are “on the inside,” privy to investments only available to wealthy families or a select group of fortunate people.  The confidentiality requirement is designed to prevent you from communicating with others about your involvement so you will keep believing what the scammers are telling you.
  1. 2. High Returns—What rates of return should a person receive for investing money?  Well, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  While 20% returns may be possible for very speculative investments under certain circumstances, anything beyond that is simply not real over time.  If any return on investment is greater than what would normally be earned on that type of asset, it is a good indicator that something isn’t right.  Consult a knowledgeable financial advisor of your  investment plans if you have any doubt.
  1. 3. No Track Record — Any investment program should have returns that can be verified by a reputable third party, such as an accounting or law firm.  Further, the principals of the program should have fully verified backgrounds with a proven record of successful past investment programs.  Moreover, any start-up would have a logical product and a complete business plan replete with reasonable financials and marketing plan.  If there is no track record, forget it.
  1. 4. Lack of Full Documentation—Any legitimate investment has full documentation, including a prospectus (a document that explains the details of an investment) or offering memorandum (which is for private placement programs, investment programs that are made available to qualified investors and not to the general investor public).  Complete contracts would also be provided carefully covering all of the details of the proposed investment.  Insist on full disclosure.
  1. 5. Guarantees—To my knowledge, the only investments that provide guarantees are insurance policies.  If someone is offering you guaranteed returns or a personal guarantee, it’s not worth anything.  If you lose your money in the investment, the personal guarantee is only as good as the assets of the person issuing the guarantee (if they had the money for the guarantee, why would they need yours?)
  1. 6. No Registration with Regulating Authorities—In order to offer an investment to the public, in most cases, the principal creating such an investment will have to register it with the State.  Further, the person selling the investment will have to be registered with the State as a securities salesperson or investment advisor.  Lack of such registration is a red flag.
  1. 7. Offshore Tax Benefits — For American citizens, there are no offshore tax havens.  In other words, US citizens are taxed on worldwide income, regardless of the source.  Anyone stating that you can save or avoid income taxes by moving offshore is just dead wrong.  There is no surer way of creating a problem than attempting to evade taxes.  While there are asset protection reasons to use offshore entities, there are no legitimate income tax saving strategies offered offshore that cannot be done domestically.

I know I said 7 tips, but I thought of one more…

  1. 8. International Lure—Investing internationally has a certain allure to it.  It’s exotic and different.  The only problem is that you transfer your assets overseas and the chance of getting them back may be zilch.  The complexities of international financial regulations and laws make it a great justification for someone to not be able to deliver on intended investment results.  Just keep your money closer to home.

Greed and Desperation

People invest in these programs due to desperation for money or the desire of getting something for nothing.  The way to wealth is through investing wisely in your own ability and production and being intelligent enough to not spend everything you make.  Falling victim to any investment scam can be a significant setback to your quality of life.  Just don’t play that game.  Learn the natural laws of money and apply them and you will be where you want to be in due course.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/banking-articles/7-tips-for-spotting-an-investment-scam-1943536.html

About the Author

After 15-plus years of being a financial planner, Christopher Music decided there had to be a better way. Witnessing financial debacles of big industry and government-driven economies caused Christopher to take action, developing an instrument that measures the success of any financial plan. The Financial Security AnalysisTM (FSA) is the back bone of Music’s firm, Wealth Advisory Associates (WAA). WAA is a financial planning firm focused on helping private-practice physical therapists understand and implement the most effective strategies to achieving financial success and security. Visit http://www.wealthadvisoryassociates.com

About Roy McDonald

For the past 43 years, Roy McDonald has been searching out, creating, and pioneering some of the best strategies for creating wealth and success in people’s lives. He is the founder of OneLife International.

As an educator, author, business coach, and strategic planner, Roy McDonald is a hands-on wealth creator. The programs that he teaches at One Life International have enabled hundreds of satisfied clients to increase their belief in themselves and therefore their belief in their ability to create wealth.

Roy McDonald is a self-made millionaire and director of 49 different structures and interests in more than 24 companies that turn over in excess of $30 million a year (more than $700,000.00 a week!). This includes an Accounting Firm, a Financial Planning Company, a Real Estate Business, a Development and Construction Company, a Training Organization and other business including Investment companies, Trading Companies, a Travel Company, Farming and Cattle Breeding.

Roy McDonald has been educating people in wealth creation strategies for over 23 years and now with OneLife, Roy gives the participants of his programs a holistic and balanced approach to creating the life of their dreams.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, fraud, Research sites, Seminars, Share Trading, Share Trading Seminars, Share trading Wealth Creation, Superannuation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’ve been scammed!!! What do I Do?

First of all go to your local police or authorities and report the scam, then go to http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/scamstargetyou/help.php

They will show you how to report it their.

Remember that there are many types of scams and just because one area of government won’t follow it up there are more that will. Depending on the scam will depend where you go as well make sure you take the time to report and suport others with your findings.

protect yourself

protect yourself and others from scams

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Consume, Consumer Scams, Report a Scam, Research sites, State Resources | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Roy McDonald, what is a scam?

If we look at the history of a word or the origin of that word, weather it is the meaning of that word in another language or how it is a acronym of a word (slang) we can better understand how to proceed in our situation. If we search around on the word scam we can find some interesting results, on wikipedia we can see the true origin of the words history where it was first used and in what context. Here is a quote from the history of the word scam ;

History

The first known usage of the term “confidence man” in English was in 1849; it was used by American press during the United States trial of William Thompson. Thompson chatted with strangers until he asked if they had the confidence to lend him their watches, whereupon he would walk off with the watch; he was captured when a victim recognized him on the street.[1]

The true meaning as given on wikipedia is;

confidence trick or confidence game (also known as a bunkoconflim flamgafflegrifthustlescamschemeswindle or bamboozle) is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence.

If we take this a little further and look at the word confidence;

Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.

We can start to see that a “confidence trick” (scam) is something that is really up to market forces, as the term would surgest in real estate, “When the market is right, it is right and when the market is wrong, it is right!” This just means that no one really makes the definition singularly, it is a variety of sources that determines the result.

market is any one of a variety of different systemsinstitutionsproceduressocial relations and infrastructures where by personstrade, and goods and services are exchanged, forming part of the economy.

This means that we are always changing and there will always be a negative and a positive to the question, (is this or him or her a scam) what you will need to do is keep yourself up to date with the changes to the situation as tomorrow the market may change. Roy has a saying that goes; Planes fly into buildings! So you can never predict and you must always expect the change will come, it maybe the only prediction you can make.

How will this effect you in the evaluation of a scam? Well lets say a person was involved in being accused of scamming (confidence tick), and they then looked at what they where doing from the perspective of the person that had accused them of this, then change what they where doing. Would this person now be more aware of its consumers? Would their product or services be more in tune with the market now (remember the market is always changing) or would the person that had not had this experience become the one who is not with the times or timing of the market, now could be the one accused of scamming? It can be difficult for a consumer to find the true path they wish to take. That is why I believe a lot in the teachings of my mentor Roy McDonald. He has a primary focus of you purpose in life and where  you want to go and who you want to be. This will cut your decision time down in a big way. You will be well aware of what you want to do and where you want to be thus understanding that industry, product or service better then the average consumer, therefore being able to make a better, educated decision promptly. Have a look at Roy’s Seven Year Plan here this may help you create a future that is more focused and give you more clarity. You should also look for other mentors online that provide a lot of good free advice like Brad Sugars free ebooks.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Business, Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, fraud, government resources, Real Estate, Report a Scam, Research sites, Scam Games, Seminars, Share Trading, State Resources, Superannuation, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fighting Fraud Online with New Offensive

Scam watch join the online offensive

Online fraud and scams has jumped up over the last year with a 16% increase overall in the complaints, 68.6% of that was via the internet. A new campaign from the government site http:scamwatch.gov.au has produced a banner that you can add to your site to help protect consumers.

Article reference:

Channel 7 Sunrise

Full List:

2010 Government partners

2010 Private partners

Top

2010 Community partners

Scams Target you

Add the scam watch banner to your site

March 2, 2010 Posted by | Business, Consume, Consumer Scams, fraud, government resources, Real Estate, Report a Scam, Research sites, Scam Games, Seminars, Share Trading, State Resources, Superannuation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Real Estate Lead Generation SCAM Spot them the How To here.

Hi http://www.scam.com/ you have really written a bad article here, boo who? Timhead well that is his name on top of the article, http://srv349.rackco.com/showthread.php?p=798710.

Titled Real Estate Lead Generating Scams,

Free real estate posting sites, Its Free, FREE, FRE to post your Real Estate on our site.

QUOTE: This Back door marketing trap catches visitors by utilizing unsuspecting Realtor Companies Listings as the Bait to harvest leads.

Okay Timhead why is the sale of information such a big deal, you buy the new paper don’t you and they do a lot worse with peoples names then an agent calling a prospect back who wants to list their house. If you new anything about lead generation and the sale of leads it is governed quite strictly and no one interested in buying a lead that could be worth thousands would be harvesting mass generated low targeted leads.

A lead generation process happens on a very defined market niche where the prospect or the consumer is looking for very specific information, a lead generated from a random question is not only worthless but is considered spam and for you so called big business these leads are lucky to be worth cents per thousand.

If a real estate lead is generated in mortgage broking it will be a cost to a seller of that service from $40 to $130 per lead, do you think that someone is going to buy that if the consumer is going to say “how did you get my details” “I didn’t sign up for this” are you kidding or just living in the 90’s Timhead. Also a lead for an agent looking to sell / buy property can be worth up $5000 for a buyers agent and a percentage of the agents commission if someone is looking to sell. Please tell me what person would buy a real estate lead of that value, that would have a consumer not be happy to have this person contact them?

Check out the first comment:

This really doesn’t sound like a scam to me. If you sign-up for something you have to read the privacy policy or else your information probably will be used in ways you don’t know about.
It’s a common practice among all types of sites.

Haha nice one http://www.scam.com/ super article, maybe you just wrote some poor article because you thought you maybe able to generate some traffic on you site in that area then hoping they click on your masses of google ads, sounds like the article should be on click fraud because that is all you are enticing, article that make people want to leave your site by clicking on your ads.

Here are 30 reasons why people loose money in real estate

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, fraud, Real Estate, Real Estate Buying, Real Estate Selling, Real Estate Seminars, Real Estate Trading, Real Estate Wealth Creation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Neil Jenman Scam? Consumers Alert or Just MASSIVE EGO…

The consumer protector in real estate he says, protecting consumers from scams and fraud in real estate. He has left a trail of destruction all over the place and our friends in New Zealand don’t like him ether.

Don’t tread on his ego because he will go to work on you with his  SEO works online, first article from consumer warning talks about how he just set off to tarnish a person credibility online with his sites. Then property investing forum suggest that they will not advise anyone to consider information on his site and they just want to say away from him.

To quote http://trialbyinternet.blogspot.com

If you seek legal advice, the first step of course is to have a cease and desist letter sent which Jenman simply laughs at. In some cases, Jenman further ridicules his victim by boldly publishing his mocking remarks relating to their attempted defense. “If what I said is really untrue then sue me!” This bold response from Jenman gives the impression that he must be telling the truth about his victim, but actually like most intelligent and pre-meditated doers of evil, Jenman knows that the chances of a conviction are slim. Defamation is one of the most expensive and high risk areas of law to defend yourself against and if you lose you have to pay not only your own legal costs (which can vary between $100,000 and $300,000) but you have to repay around 65% of the other sides costs as well. Even if you do win, damages are hard to quantify and there is no guarantee that you will get them. On top of that, it can take 1 – 2 years to get a result. Is it any wonder that most people Jenman defames never go past their first letter of demand? They have little choice but to remain guilty – unable to prove innocence. They suffer in silence or they change their name. The simple fact is, Jenman can say what he likes and unless you have the cash, the time and the will, Jenman wins.

A comment on the article: September 3, 2008 2:09 AM Well written … and well researched. I have been on the receiving end of such bullying tactics of gutter journalists and self-promotion egomainiacs. People like Jenman and Current Affair journo’s like Ben Fordham are the scum of the earth and have no moral values beyond their own egos. They never do real research, they find a person that they think they can destory then create lie after lie to build their case, hidding behind the walls of solicitors and TV cameras. For all those people who have been attacked by these scum, stand tall in the truth, they will be brought to judgement eventually. “Greater is He who is in me (God) than he who is in the world (satan).”

The comments seem to go on and on he really dose not have any fans here..

Then jump on over to a PDF from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) They have an article here is the first little bit;

The real estate institute of New Zealand (REINNZ) today cautioned people not to accept at face value the extravagant assertions of self-styled consumer advocate Neil Jenman. Jenman, the controversial Australian auther and seminar promoter, who positions hinself as a consumer advocate is currently visiting New Zealand running seminars questioning the ethics of real estate Practitioners. The real purpose of his seminar is to enable him to build his business of “accredited” Jenman system real estate practices.

So here is a bit more on how he works the online world in his favor, a very small amount of his site;

JenmanFightsBack.com.au registration to “THE NEIL JENMAN GROUP PTY. LIMITED” then,

Jenman.com.au registration to “The Jenman Winners Circle Pty. Limited” also

RealEstate-Help.com.au registration to “THE NEIL JENMAN GROUP PTY. LIMITED” then

RealEstateMonitors.com.au registration to”The Neil Jenman Group Pty.”

they are all title in a way to build his authority in the search engines, you should go to,  JenmanFightsBack.com.au tag line ‘protecting the man who protects consumers’… has been build to protect is so called reputation?? Why whould a man that protect consumers need a site like that?? hmmm maybe to rank in areas that people slander his name, great key words their Mr. Jenman. His wife and daughter have put together this site it says;

Quote by Reiden Jenman,

To the cowards who make these claims and to one coward in particular (who places our home address on the Internet and puts my family’s safety at risk), I say this to you.

Really i’m confused about this so called consumer protector?? who’s family is at risk! sounds like he has over step and over stayed his welcome with the real estate industry. So how do you evaluate this kind of person when a normal search on a personal name, then scam or scams after it would bring up information about the person that they would not like others to see, his search just brings up every article on everyone else he has named and shamed…what do you think of that Reiden?? And then every other avenue has his sites like ‘RealEstateMonitors.com.au’ sites that are built to support his other article sites and written to deceive consumer by implying that his site is, ‘an association develop’ by the industry or the government. Here is a bit from the ‘about’ section on this site.

We monitor agents and salespeople, looking for those who provide the best service for consumers.

In conjunction with Neil Jenman, we also monitor property investment advisers. really is that right? that you monitor agents and salespeople? because it is owned by “The Neil Jenman Group Pty.” and they would recommend agents that only have completed his course or seminar (the Jenman System)  hmm the plot thickens Jenman. or maybe I’m wrong, maybe your motoring site that is owned by you is put there for another reason… what if you jump in the comment or courts and prove me wrong ops that is Jenmans line.

Well drop your thoughts and make your own judgement, i’m done with using his site for any research.

P>S also someone has taken this site down haha good one everthing is always online, so goto: http://web.archive.org then search http://www.jenman.org

more comments at: http://www.propertyinvesting.com/forums/community/opinionated/15267

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Business Seminars, Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, fraud, Real Estate, Real Estate Buying, Real Estate Selling, Real Estate Seminars, Real Estate Trading, Real Estate Wealth Creation, Report a Scam, Research sites, Scam Games, Seminars, State Resources, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consumer Scam alert! Home insulation installers

Have you been scammed with the latest government rebate? What has this done to you we would love to here your feedback?

The federal government finally came to a decision on Friday the 19 of February that the  rebate or the home insulation program will finish. I have done some digging based on some of the principles my mentor Roy McDonald has shown me. So Roy if you remember from some of the other articles informed me to jump online and search some of the government websites as the regular news articles are not always right, they can be corrupted by the intention to sell more papers. Going around I found a great article for Victoria; Consumer Alert / Home Insulation Installers, Just click on that and you’ll find a great resources on what to do as a home owner in this mess and also as a installer of the insulation. Here are the topics they cover:

Before you insulate your home,

If you have had insulation installed recently,

If you are currently having insulation installed or are considering doing so.

This is the best one so I copied it over for you:

Insulation safety checklist for householders;

Yes No
Does your ceiling contain halogen down lights?
Does your ceiling contain incandescent down lights?
Do you have a gas heater with a flue that goes into the roof space?
Do you have a fireplace with a chimney that goes into the roof space?
Are there any TV boosters or security alarms installed in the roof space?
Are there any transformers in the roof space, for example, to service a door bell or other low voltage equipment?
Is there a high intensity heating lamp in the bathroom?
Is there an extractor fan in the kitchen or bathroom that vents into the roof space?

If you have had your insulation installed and you are wondering what to do about the safety checks go to Home insulation Program, this site is the department of environment, water, heritage and the arts and the page I have added the link to is the Home Insulation Program it also has information on or advice for installers.

Don’t be the one that is left in the dark on this one,  make sure you know your rights as Roy McDonald would say, get the facts and protect yourself from these scams and ripoffs. Once you have read those few pages you will find the right way to approach making your house safe and then you can receive the maximum benefit from your home insulation.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Consume, Consumer Scams, government resources, Research sites, State Resources, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t get scammed on your Retirement Money!

Here is a grate calculator that will help you work out what your retirement income will be, its a good idea to revisit the site often to work on the right numbers;

http://apps.finra.org/Investor_Information/Calculators/1/RetirementCalc.aspx

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Research sites, Superannuation, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spotting a corporate scam in the industry your investing in!

Roy McDoanld has given me one of the greatest gifts that I could ever receive, and that is the gift of learning, Roy said that in order to move forward you need to learn from the past. In one of Australia’s biggest corporate scandals there can be a lot of learning. The asbestos scandal with James Hardie Industries took a turn for the worse when in 1995 the chief operating company was quietly stripped of its assets. Trade names, patents, huge management fees  and dividends flowed to the parent company.

“GREG COMBET, SECRETARY, ACTU: This is one of the most morally and legally repugnant acts in Australian corporate history.” ABC’s 730 Report

If we are to learn from this we could be to look into to corporate scams and frauds, Matthew Johnston from the University of Melbourne has written a great article on how “study shows how best to bust corporate fraud” this with research form KPMG. They also have some grate articles on fraud risk management and Unmasking the face of corporate fraud. Will help you gain a quick grasp on what can really go on in the corporate world.

Roy McDonald mentions that corporate fraud and scams are driven by greed and this is a trait of the ego as you start looking and researching you will find far more information then you need or will ever need, though once you have a basic understanding of how to spot a scam in the industry then turn your research attention to the people in control of the company and the character traits of them. Once you have your research then you can paint a clearer picture of where the company might be heading and if you should go and invest your super or money into it.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Business, Business Buying, Business Selling, Business Seminars, Business Trading, Consumer Scams, fraud, Report a Scam, Research sites | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being scammed out of your money in Real Estate

Most of the time we don’t even know that we are being scammed, so how to you spot scams, how do we avoid being scammed? If you really know you industry you may have an idea though if you think about it do really know your industry or do you just know your job? Below Roy McDonald has written 30 reasons Why people lose Money in Real Estate, if you are in the real estate industry then you may want to have a read to see; is it that you know your industry or do you just know your job and have you been scammed? Roy MacDoanld talks about not doing proper research in one of the reasons. This could be associated with being a scam as the real estate agent could be providing information to build the value in the property and that is how they could see it, though in the vendors eyes it could be that they have been lead on by the agent and scammed! Please have a read of the following document written by Roy and educate yourself on your industry and stop being a victim, falling into scams.
30 Reasons Why People Lose Money In Real Estate By Roy Mc Donald
View more presentations from Roy McDonald.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Real Estate, Real Estate Buying, Real Estate Selling, Real Estate Seminars, Real Estate Trading, Real Estate Wealth Creation, Research sites | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scam Report! How to report one?

If you are in Australia and you have been a victim of a scam or have observed scam or fraud and are looking at where to go online to report the scam or where to go in general to report the scam or fraud, this site will provide you with direction in the different areas of scams and fraud, so you can get your voice heard for enforcement. There can be a few different law enforcement agencies that you may need to go to and report the scam as some will cross over into other industries.

If you are looking for somewhere to report the scam or fraud in you state click on your state listed below:

Reporting scams in New Zealand

If you are a resident in New Zealand or you are an Australian and have been a victim or observer of a scam or fraud that could effect people in New Zealand contact the following depending on how broad you believe the scam or fraud to be;

How to report different types of scams

When you feel you have been scammed by someone online or by a website, or even if you are using a service provided by a website and you feel someone (a third party) on that service is scamming you or conducting fraudulent activity then go to the “Privacy Policy” or the “Help Center” to report it you will find things like, security, warnings, intellectual property, then they will probably have selected areas that you may use on the site like “chat” or “application” the site offers. Click on the area that you have been scammed in and look up the details to, first inform them, then inform the appropriate people. The site may have a procedure for you to follow so you can minimize the risk to you and others.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Report a Scam | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spotting Scams, Learn how in a Game!

Learn how to spot a scam with a specially designed game designed by the government. My mentor Roy MacDonald always told me how important it is to attach a positive state of mind or experience to an event or learning you really want to sink in. The positive state of mind you are in Roy said will help anchor the experience in and therefor you will remember or act in that way without thinking, it becomes a subconscious action a lot quick.

Check out the game here just click on the link, the site is designed for kids but it is always good to have some fun now and then.

You Are Here

I have added a video of Roy McDonald going through the details of his book, he really is explaining his book though a good part of the video Roy talks about how and what he teaches his kids. If you like I believe in Roy’s principles then this is a good video. I also found the link that will get you the rest of the book chapters if you would like to check them out. $1 into $1 Million dollars.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, government resources, Research sites, Scam Games, Seminars, State Resources, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

List of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce: ACFT agencies

Here are a list of the Australian Government sites that are here for a resource;

A collection of great sites this is a perfect resource for you when you are doing you homework, researching a company, person or charity group. Bookmark this page so you have it as a quick reference.

Australian Bureau of Statistics produces research and statistics on personal fraud and scams in Australia.
www.abs.gov.au

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy provides links to Australian Government initiatives to improve online security and fraud awareness.
www.dbcde.gov.au

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is responsible for enforcing the Trade Practices Act 1974 and the state/territory application legislation. It provides advice about scams and how to report them.
www.accc.gov.au

Attorney-General’s Department works to improve identity security, combat identity crime and protect the identities of Australians from being used for illegal purposes. Current initiatives include: The National Identity Security Strategy, The National Document Verification Service (DVS), and the ID Theft – Protecting Your Identity booklet.
www.ag.gov.au

Australian Communications and Media Authority is responsible for enforcing the Spam Act 2003 and has developed an online tool to report spam.
www.spam.acma.gov.au

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is Australia’s national crime and criminal justice research agency. Consumers can fill out a scams survey at www.aic.gov.au/research/fraud/acft/survey.html to gather information to help to improve the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of scam offenders.
www.aic.gov.au

Australian Federal Police represented by the Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) provides a nationally coordinated approach to technology-enabled crime. Its brief is to combat serious and complex high tech crimes, especially those beyond the capability of a single jurisdiction.
www.afp.gov.au
Media contact: National Media Team (02) 6275 7100

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigates scams involving financial products and services including cold calling, phone investment scams and illegal investment schemes.
www.asic.gov.au

Great list from the Australian government here are some from the,

New Zealand Government;

Ministry of Consumer Affairs
www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz

Commerce Commission of New Zealand
www.comcom.govt.nz

Australian State and Territory consumer affairs and fair trading agencies

State and Territory consumer affairs and fair trading agencies protect and promote the interests of consumers by providing advice and assistance, enforcing state consumer laws, investigating complaints, and resolving disputes.

NSW
Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

VIC
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV)
www.consumer.vic.gov.au

SA
Office of Consumer & Business Affairs (OCBA)
www.ocba.sa.gov.au

QLD
Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au

Tas
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading (CAFT)
www.consumer.tas.gov.au

NT
Consumer Affairs (Department of Justice)
www.consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au

WA
Department of Consumer and Employment Protection (DOCEP)
www.docep.wa.gov.au

ACT
Office of Regulatory Services
www.ors.act.gov.au

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Here is some other ACFT information

Taskforce partners

Taskforce members are joined in communicating with Australian consumers about scams by a range of community, non-government and private sector organisations. A list of Taskforce partners will be available on www.scamwatch.gov.au soon.

Reporting a scam

Consumers who think they’ve spotted a scam can report a scam or find out more information about scams on the SCAMwatch website at www.scamwatch.gov.au or call 1300 795 995.

Scams survey

Consumers can also fill out a scams survey on the Australian Institute of Criminology website atwww.aic.gov.au/research/fraud/acft/survey.html Gathering this information will help to improve the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of scam offenders. Aggregated results will be available later in the year from www.scamwatch.gov.au

More information on scams

More information about scams can be found in The Little Black Book of Scams published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, call 1300 302 502 or visit their website www.accc.gov.au

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Other useful websites or kits (see individual agencies also)

SCAMwatch

A site to help you recognise, report and protect yourself from scams. Explore SCAMwatch to find out more about the scams that target you or your small business. SCAMwatch is the campaign portal for the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce.
www.scamwatch.gov.au

NetAlert

NetAlert is the Australian Government’s cyber-safety website. The site includes advice and resources on Internet scams, identity theft, spam and other online cyber-safety related issues.
www.netalert.gov.au

Protect your financial identity

This website provides information for the public about how to protect your financial identity in everyday life and minimise the damage if a problem occurs. This website has been developed by the Australian Bankers Association, the Australian High Tech Crime Centre and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
www.protectfinancialid.org.au

FIDO

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission website for consumers and investors includes warnings about financial scams, lists of illegal investments and unlicensed overseas callers promoting investment opportunities, tips on managing money, and information on how to complain. It also features case studies about people who were made financial offers that were too good to be true.
www.fido.gov.au

Stay smart online

The Australian Government’s e-security website for home users and small businesses. The site has a range of information and resources, including quizzes, guides, tools, tips and advice on how to use the Internet safely and confidently.
www.staysmartonline.gov.au

ID Theft Booklet – Protecting Your Identity

A booklet produced by the Attorney-General’s Department to help Australians prevent, and deal with, identity theft. The Booklet is about how to prevent, and respond to, identity theft. It provides practical strategies on how individuals can protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft, and what to do if they become a victim of this crime.
www.ag.gov.au/identitysecurity

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Spotting a Business or Franchise Scam

We are really blissed when it comes to information online about spotting scams in businesses or franchises. Here is an example of some government websites;

Federal Trade Commission has examples of business scams:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/franchise/tsweep02.shtm

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has the franchising code here:

http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/franchisingcode/

A great new one to me I just found is Fido, built by the Australian government, it gives you financial tips and safety checks:

http://www.fido.gov.au/fido/fido.nsf/byHeadline/Scams%20-%20types%20of%20scams

Also another site from a great business leader Brad Sugars:

http://www.actioncoach.com/bradsugars/how-to-spot-a-franchise-scam.php

The information is there so why are people continually scammed? Is it that they just don’t read this or is it that they are not really educated in how to spot scams or even how to spot a business opportunity? It’s a lot of both and can vary, Roy McDonald refers to a percentage of the population being 95% as having no or near nothing in the way of financial education. If Roy can say 95% with confidence we can say it’s that most people just don’t know and wouldn’t be able to spot the difference between a working profitable business, a working unprofitable business and a complete and utter scam.

Spotting a franchise or business scam is left to the government to police and they can be just as bad at spotting them as the general public. Have they ever had the experience of running businesses or doing the due diligences of investing in a new business opportunity on a on going basis? Not really and they shouldn’t need to! Everything should be fine people should not rip other people off and the world is perfect. Well in some peoples eyes that is the case because that is their point of view and that is where we can get unstuck as well. If you think any business or franchise will fit your personality then you will be in for a surprise when the business fails, because you don’t fit the role that supports the growth of the business. This has added another aspect to the equation and makes it even more complicated, you may be tearing your hair out right now though if your look at some of Roger Hamilton’s work  it makes the process of avoiding a scam simple. Roger Hamilton has a great system for budding business owners, its called the Wealth Dynamics Profile Test. This test will help you find out who you really are as a business owner and will show you where you are strong and where you are weak. As Roy McDonald puts it so gracefully; “If you understand yourself, then you can understand where best to excel in every endeavor”.

I’m going to be bold and say if you really don’t understand your personality and how you relate to others is business then you should not go into business, it is really that important to know yourself, if you don’t you maybe be left thinking that you have been scammed. So check out the Wealth Dynamics Profile Test and see how to best work in your flow.

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Business, Business Buying, Business Selling, Business Seminars, Business Trading, Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, Seminars, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment