Fraud, Scams and Schemes

This category has articles related to common fraud scams and schemes. Learn how con artists and scammers work to manipulate unsuspecting people into divulging their personal information and giving up their money.

In this section, you’ll find articles on identity theft, dating scams, insurance fraud, phishing, lottery schemes and more. In addition, we provide helpful advice on how to keep your personal information and your money safe. Also, we cover how private investigators go about investigating fraudulent activity and how to report crimes to the proper authorities.

Online dating catfish investigations

Catfish Investigations for Online Dating Scams

This article provides an overview of catfish investigations associated with online dating fraud, scams and schemes. In addition, it provides advice on how to determine if you've been catfished, how to go...
telephone scams

Beware of Telephone Switching Scams

Telephone scams are illegal, deceptive and extremely costly. Getting “slammed” (having your long-distance telephone carrier switched without our permission) is becoming an increasingly common occurrence. Three out of every five people surveyed...
How to report online fraud

How to Report Online Fraud

Overview If you've been ripped off on the web, this article explains how to report online fraud to the proper authorities. It includes a step-by-step method to force dishonest...
Counterfeit Money, Products and Services

Counterfeit Products in Canada

The internet is an attractive medium for counterfeit products.  Criminals can virtually remain anonymous, while they run a very profitable business online. In Canada, RCMP estimated in their 2005 Economic Crime...
fraud investigations

Fraud Investigations: Investigating Scams, Schemes and Deception

In 2017, consumers lost an estimated $16 billion to online fraud. This article provides an overview of various frauds, scams and schemes used by criminals to deceive unsuspecting people into revealing personal...
Insurance fraud investigation

Insurance Fraud Investigations

Overview of Insurance Fraud and Helpful Resources for Investigations The article provides an overview of insurance fraud investigation resources. Insurance fraud is any act committed with...
Abt SRBI Illegal Harassment Phone Calls

Are You Being Harassed by Phone Calls from ABT SRBI? Learn How to Make...

Harassing Phone Calls from ABT SRBI Many people receive many complaints from frustrated users who receive harassing and abusive phone calls from the phone number 239-415-4400, which belongs to...
Identity Theft Smishing

Phishing and Spoofing Identity Theft Schemes

Half of all internet users get at least one phishing email per day. For those of us who are active with email and social media, that number goes up considerably. Phishing emails are...