Internet Scams Come In Different Forms -- Be Careful With Your Money

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Every day there are new scams on the Internet. Many of these come right to your e-mail inbox -- all promising untold riches or easy ways to make money right from your home.

We get phone calls weekly from good-hearted Rim Country residents, asking us about a e-mails saying they won some money in a lottery, that they didn't know they had entered, or a wife of a government official in Nigeria needs help, or an e-mail from a financial institution asking the recipient to verify personal information. The other form, at least this week, is some kind of employment opportunity that enables you to work from home and make big money.

All of these are scams. A Payson woman found out the hard way about these scams. She answered the e-mail and it ended up costing her $2,600 from her saving account.

If it looks like someone is going to give you something for nothing, or at least much more than you have to invest, it is a scam. Unless you are buying a legitimate business, companies don't ask you to put up money to get a job.

If an e-mail sender is telling you about these great riches you will receive if you will help them out of this jam, kill that e-mail or send it to the police department.

These are scams. Don't reply to them, just kill them. There are many different forms of these scams, but the premise is all the same.

People all across the country get these and a few people respond. A few responses out of millions of e-mails is all the sender needs to get rich and take money out of your bank account.

Financial institutions never ask you to verify personal information over the Internet.

These e-mail look like real requests, but they are not. They have the right logos and look official. Before you respond to any request for personal information over the Internet from a financial institution, including those you do business with, call the local branch and talk to the manager.

These scammers want your money. They prey on people who they think might be vulnerable, mostly senior citizens, but they also include many other members of the general public.

Before you send anyone money or invest in any business or scheme or work at home job, talk with a known representative of a financial institution, call Don Engler, Payson Police Chief, or some other knowledgeable person, about these offers.

Be wise, be careful with your money, check everything out twice before you send any money to an Internet contact.

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