Online Scams

Fraudsters send attractive offers through letters, e-mails, calls, SMS messages asking you to deposit money to participate in schemes that "sound too good to be true". Later, they withdraw the money and stop further communication.

Here is a list of the most common frauds:

  • Contests and lotteries that you had not registered for, asking you to make a payment for receiving your prize
  • Emails appearing to have been sent from large corporations, public institutions and regulatory bodies
  • Phone calls or SMSes offering jobs that you had not applied for; intimations of gifts or inheritances supposed to originate from a foreign country, asking you for personal information
  • High-yield investment plans and multi-level marketing schemes offering unealistic returns on investment; please checks the credentials of the person offering these