Unbelievable! Take a Peek at our Outrageous Scams File

From massive frauds to phony fingers -- latest outrageous scams: Internet Scambusters #576

It's time to dip into the Scambusters outrageous scams file, which is always bulging with incredible stories.

They include gigantic investment and counterfeiting frauds, cruel con tricks using children, and crazy rip-off schemes that include eating razor blades!

We have all the details on these and more in this week's special issue.

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And now for the main feature...


Unbelievable! Take a Peek at our Outrageous Scams File


Here at Scambusters, scores of con-trick stories, every one of them a tale of woe, pass across our desk every week, but every so often the scale or the audacity of a con trick qualifies it for our outrageous scams file.

Think, for example, of one of the biggest scams of all time, the $50 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff.

That may be at the extreme of the spectrum but in the past few years alone there have been plenty more shocking scams.

A couple of years back we devoted a special issue, A Dozen Outrageous, Daring and Funny Scams, to some of the more mind-boggling stories from our collection.

That issue had a somewhat humorous twist but many others are tinged with tragedy, despair or sheer disbelief.

Here's a new selection from our outrageous scams file:

The Big Money Scams

Cheeky Impostors

Exploiting Children

Plain Crazy

We're not suggesting that these are the worst examples of scams. Indeed if you've been unfortunate enough to fall victim to a con trick you probably feel every bit as outraged as the victims of some of the scams we've listed.

But these reports do show just how far crooks can stretch their ingenuity, how much risk they're prepared to take in perpetrating their outrageous scams, and how little regard they have for the feelings of others.

Time to close today, but we'll be back next week with another issue. See you then!

 

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