Making Scams Scram
ryanborja | July 9, 2008 at 07:17 amby
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There are many surprising ways we can be deceived--when we are buying a car lying in a hospital bed, sending a check in the mail, or even standing in a checkout line.
"Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived," said the 18th century German author Johann Seume. Seume would feel right at home in today's world where, thanks to the Internet, money-making seams have reached global proportions, netting fortunes for online hucksters whose ploys, although often quite obvious, nevertheless find plenty of gullible victims.
But life without a computer is no cakewalk either. Rip-offs, bogus deals, and consumer headaches are all around us. They range from shady (but not actually illegal) practices commonly referred to as "tricks of the trade" to full scale frauds in which identity thieves purloin our very names and reputations through access to our bank cards and Social Security numbers.
How can we protect ourselves?
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