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Top Tips to Protect Yourself Against Frauds and Scams, Identity Theft and Reduce Spam Email

This article was first published on: http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/defend_yourself.php

What can you do to defend yourself from scams, frauds and identity theft? Whether you think you have been the victim of a fraud or scam or want to be proactive in protecting yourself, here is a list of specific and simple actions that you can take, some just once, to protect yourself and your family!  We have ranked them in order that you should take them:

  1. Don’t use or carry a checkbook. Pay by cash or credit card. Paying your bills through your bank or credit union’s online bill paying service (which is usually free) is much safer than mailing a check.
  2. Buy and use a paper shredder. Shred any documents that have your social security number or other financial information, such as your bank account numbers, credit card numbers etc.  identity thieves actually go through homeowner’s trash to obtain personal information. If you don’t have a shredder, burn these  documents completely in the fireplace.
  3. Freeze your credit! It prevents scammers from opening unauthorized accounts in your name. Even if your state is one of the few that doesn’t allow a freeze, thanks to pressure from consumer advocacy groups, you can still freeze your files at the three major credit bureaus.  See this page for more information about both freezes.
  4. Sign up on the Do-Not-Call List
  5. Sign up to block credit card offers from arriving in your mailbox.
  6. Don’t carry your Social Security card with you. When you renew your driver’s license, make sure the DMV does not use your Social Security number as your driver’s license number.
  7. Use a separate email address when you post messages to any public forum, such as newsgroups and mailing lists. Free email accounts from Yahoo and Hotmail are perfect for this. Never use your personal email address for this purpose: you will be flooded with spam. You can periodically check this email account to see what’s spam and what isn’t. A bonus is that Yahoo’s spam blocker is better than those from most ISP’s! And your main personal email address won’t be as clogged with spam. Some ISP’s, like AOL and BellSouth.net give you multiple email accounts free with your paid service.
  8. Don’t give out any financial information, such as checking account and credit card numbers; and especially your social Security number; on the phone or online, unless you initiate the call and know the person or organization you’re dealing with. Don’t give that information to any stranger. In general, it is only required for medical providers, banks, mortgages and credit card companies.
  9. Don’t fill out the “win a vacation” and other promotions you see in stores and shopping malls.  That will just get you on a junk mailing list and guarantee calls from persistent, high-pressure salesmen.
  10. Don’t pre-print your driver’s license, telephone or Social Security numbers on your checks. And in states that want to use your social security number as your driver’s license number, insist on another method – most allow it.
  11. Report lost or stolen checks immediately. The bank can block payment on the check numbers that are missing. Also, review new checks you receive, to make sure none has been stolen in transit.
  12. Store new and cancelled checks, credit card statements, medical bills, anything with confidential information, in a safe place and shred them when you are done with them.
  13. Guard your Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) for your ATM and credit cards, and don’t write on or keep your PINs with your cards. You should also guard your ATM and credit card receipts. Thieves can use them to access your accounts.
  14. Be creative in selecting Personal Identification Numbers for your ATM and credit cards, and passwords that enable you to access other accounts. Don’t use birth dates, part of your Social Security Number or driver’s license number, address, or children’s or spouse’s names. Remember: If someone has stolen your identity, he or she probably has some or all of this information.
  15. Use a good anti-virus software, anti-adware software and a hardware firewall on your computer, and keep them up to date. You need all three. Almost all modern Routers (Dlink, LinkSys, NetGear, Buffalo, Airlink, etc.) have a hardware firewall built in. See the left side of this page for the current recommendation for ant-virus / anti-malware programs.
  16. Don’t put outgoing mail in or on your mailbox. Drop it into a secure, official Postal Service collection box. Thieves may use your mail to steal your identity.
  17. If regular bills fail to reach you, call the company to find out why. Someone may have filed a false change-of-address notice to divert your information to his or her address.
  18. If your bills include suspicious charges, don’t ignore them. Instead, investigate immediately to head off any possible fraud before it occurs.
  19. Check your credit report regularly. Federal law allows you to obtain one from credit report from each of the 3 major credit reporting agencies per year. See this page for more information.
  20. There are services online, some free, such as SneakMail that provide you with disposable addresses that can be deleted if they begin to receive spam messages. The disposable email addresses forwards email to a real email address of yours, but the sender can not see this. If you create a unique address for each email newsletter or forum you subscribe to you can  discard the address is it gets too much spam and just start using another email address.
  21. NEVER buy anything from a company that sends you spam. Don’t even visit their sites or ask for more information. It is like feeding a stray cat.  Give it one morsel of food, and it will be there all the time (and that may be fine with cats, but NO one wants spammers at the doorstep!).  Remember, since they send out millions of spam emails, they only need a tiny fraction of responses to be profitable.
    And if that doesn’t convince you, consider this: the vast majority of spam “offers” are in fact scams!
  22. Set up filters in your email program. Outlook does this quite easily. When you open an email and realize that it is spam, just click on Actions then Create Rule, then select an appropriate action, such as “from” then click “Move e-mail to folder” and select the “Deleted Items” folder. That’s it!  You’ll never receive email from that particular address or subject again!  More anti-spam filtering tips and information.
  23. If you have a website, do not post your address in the HTML “mail-to” format, otherwise you will be spammed, since address-harvesting spiders (programs) extract your email address from the website and add it to the spammer’s lists.  Instead use feedback forms through PHP, ASP, or JSP that hide the email address, OR post the email address as a GIF (image file).
  24. Check out this list of tips on evaluating email, letters and phone calls you receive for potential scams.
  25. Finally, if it seems to good to be true… IT IS! No one is going to send you a pile of money from a dead Nigerian president, no lottery is going to make you a winner from a “randomly selected from a database of email addresses”.  Multi-level marketing IS A SCAM, ALL psychics are nothing more than conmen, and you can not  make big money from “passive residual income in a few hours of your spare time each day”. And there is no Easter Bunny.

Resources lists and guides – lists of domain extensions for other countries, telephone country codes, area codes, etc.

The bottom line is, if you want to live like a Prince or Princess in a fairy tale, then use common sense, work hard and work smart to achieve your goals.

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March 17, 2010 Posted by | Business, Consume, Consumer Scams, Courses, fraud, government resources, Real Estate, Report a Scam, Research sites, Seminars, Share Trading, State Resources, Superannuation, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

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

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

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Business, Consume, Consumer Scams, government resources, Real Estate, Research sites, Seminars, Share Trading, State Resources, Superannuation, Training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment