Top 10 Scams & Schemes of 2014

On March 30, 2014, in Blog, Scam & Fraud, by sieditor
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Consumer, employee or even seniors that are desperate to earn some extra cash were regular victims of frauds, scams, hackers and dishonest businesses. Scammers are on the move and many Americans are falling victims. According to a FINRA Investor Education Foundation that more than 8 in 10 consumers have received a potentially fraudulent offer. Below are the top 10 scams on 2014 an article by


  1. Medical Alert Scam – This is a telemarketing scam that promises a ‘free’ medical alert system, that scam targeted seniors and caretakers. The robocalls claimed to be offering the medical alert devices and system free of charge because a family member or friend had already paid for it. In many cases, seniors were asked to provide their bank account or credit information to ‘verify’ their identity and, as a result, were charged the monthly $35 service fee. The system, of course, never arrived and the seniors were left with a charge they had trouble getting refunded. Easy rule of thumb – be wary of ‘free’ offers that require your personal information upfront and always verify with the supposed friend or family member that the caller says paid for the service.
  2. Ebay / Auction Reseller Scam – Scammers posing as buyers convice sellers into shipping goods prior to receiving payment. Usually the fake buyer claims it’s an ’emergency’ like a child’s birthday and asks the seller to ship the same day. The seller receives an email that appears as though it came from PayPal for the payment, but emails like that are easy for scammers to fake.
  3. Arrest Warrant Scam – Scammers create a fake Caller ID, which allows them to call you and appear to be calling from a local police, sheriff or other law enforcement agency. They say there is a warrant out for your arrest, but that you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges. Of course, these scammers don’t take credit cards; only a Western Union Moneygram, other wire transfer or pre-paid debit card will do.
  4. Invisible Home Improvements – In addition to email, mail and phone, scammers now just show up at your door. Scammers posing as home improvement contractors come door-to-door sale and target seniors, those who live alone, and victims of weather-related disasters are common targets
  5. Casting Call Scam – Scammers pose as agents or talent scouts looking for actors, singers, models, reality show contestants, etc., and use phony audition notices to fool aspiring performers into paying to try out for parts that don’t exist.

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39 Responses to Top 10 Scams & Schemes of 2014

  1. Hristiqn Nikolov says:

    I’ve been a victim of an Arrest Warrant Scam. Thought I quickly realised they were lying, when I started asking questions. Still scammers these days can lie you almost about everything. Here in Bulgaria the biggest phone scam scheme is to scam old people by telling them their grandkids, kids need money for a surgery or they will die and etc.

  2. Beckie says:

    Really informative! Where people get the ideas to come up with these scam’s I’ll never know. Thank you

  3. Lisa Mallis says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I actually had a friend who was approached by a talent agent as described in #5. Thank goodness she researched it first!!!!

  4. As someone who was a victim of two of these scams I have learned a lot! If i ever get emails for normally private info from my bank or PayPal I now email or call to confirm it is legit!!!

  5. We must take the wax out of our ears and LISTEN carefully what they are telling us. If we are not sure we NOT only have to ask a friend BUT we have to verify it as well before we do anything. And even after that if we get the feeling that what we hear about is no good then we must drop it like a hot potato!

    Lawrence Bergfeld

  6. Alana says:

    So scary. This will be a “must post” on social media. Some are still scammed by old-fashioned “driveway repair” or “new roof” “contractors” (the latter came by my house a couple of years ago and was rebuffed, but we have a lot of elderly in this area) but these kind of phone/email scams can be done with such good social engineer that they can too easily fool the uninformed.

  7. Joanne says:

    Great information!! When I post a forsale item on Craigs List, I get emails like the one you described in the ebay scam. People need to be cautious!

  8. Leila says:

    It is unfortunate that there are people out there looking to scam other people. Makes you wary of even the legit people. Ridiculous!

  9. katherine says:

    This is so awful. Thanks for alerting us!

  10. Laurel Bill says:

    Good grief – there’s no end to the imagination of scammers and the gullibility of honest, hardworking people. Thanks for bringing these scams to our attention!

  11. Veronica says:

    It’s hard to keep up with these schemes. They have become so creative and sophisticated. We just need to stay educated. I’m usually too skeptical to fall for these scams.

  12. There are so many scams out there. Everyone needs to be careful not to fall for these scams.

  13. Sherrie W. says:

    It is absolutely terrible how much senior citizens are targeted! I luckily haven’t been targeted with any of these, although of course I get the fake bank emails, hacked emails from friends, etc.. These days with technology, we all need to stay alert!

  14. Good to be informed. Thanks for sharing. I wish I knew who wrote the article; no name 😉


  15. This is really good information to help us all see through the lies people tell.

  16. Bek Mugridge says:

    I know i keep winning the overseas lottery….It is such a waste of intellect these people creating these harmful scams and viruses, imagine what good they could do!

  17. Sophie Bowns says:

    I hate the medical related ones. “Do you want to make a claim?”….. AWFUL !

  18. Dov Shapira says:

    Since my phone number is listed as business, I get so many of those kind of calls.
    I add the caller to my contacts list and I name it ‘Do not answer’

    Next time they call, I just hang up.

  19. This is so scary…thank you for sharing! Criminals are becoming so creative, and it seems to get easier with technology…be aware!

  20. Kungphoo says:

    That is unbelievably scary. A lot of these scams have a way of making the situation look and seem legitimate that it’s really hard to tell. Thanks for sharing this information!

  21. It’s too bad there are people out there that want to scam us like that. I often get the emails about some rich royalty that wants to send me some money. All I have to do is give my banking details. Yeah, right. Thanks for sharing this information with us! Take care.

  22. Ashley says:

    Thank you for the information! There are so many realistic scenarios that scammers have created. Thanks for reminding me to stay alert.

  23. Ronnie says:

    Horrible, horrible, horrible!! 🙁 Hard to believe that people would do such things, especially to the elderly. I’m’ actually going to go through this list with my grandmother so she is aware. My father (who is also of rather old age) just gave me a pamphlet yesterday to enter to win an ipod. When you take a look at the teeny, tiny text in the bottom, it says it costs over $25 to enter, and it’s a weekly retainer charge of $45 a week. Just.. completely abusive. :/

  24. jim Striegel says:

    Just got a call today saying the FBI has reported an increase in break-ins and we would like to put a sign in your yard…I went click.

  25. Jeff Brand says:

    It’s amazing that these people come up with these scam ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Traci Henegar says:

    We have gotten rid of our home line due to these scams. Such a shame.

  27. Stephanie Clopton says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I trust people and really need to watch out for this.

  28. Marjory Johnson says:

    You would think they could find something better to do with all this knowledge they have to create these scams.

  29. Cindy says:

    Thank you for putting this information out there. It is good to have things like this outlined online where people can learn more about them. Hopefully through helpful posts like these people will learn how to spot and avoid some of these scams and maybe they will eventually go away. We can only hope 🙂

  30. Yvonne Brown says:

    This is fascinating and scary! OMG! Just another thing to worry about!

  31. I hate these types of scams. It is sometimes hard to tell when something is a scam, so I am always quite suspicious. I do not even know where people come up with these ideas.

  32. This is great information. I have never heard of the arrest warrant scam, but would not have paid the money anyway. Thank you for posting this.

  33. Marika says:

    Horrible scams, I hate these. For a good while we used to have the Nigerian 419 scams, then new ones came about and here we are at the latest additions. I’ve heard of the eBay scam – there are actually a few of them going around on eBay. It’s a serious ‘seller beware’ situation over there.

  34. Wow, so many scams I wasn’t aware of. I wonder how many people fall for these. The arrest/warrant scam seems scary. I remember getting a call from a county I used to live in saying I owe property taxes on a vehicle I had. Then I remembered I didn’t live in that county when I had the vehicle.

  35. It is crazy that there are so many scams out there today. I have also gotten the arrest/warrant scam. It is scary that people have the time to spend to try and scam others.

  36. It’s annoying that so many people are dedicated to scamming unsuspecting folks, a lot of them elderly or disabled. I wish there were more ways to ensure the safety of possible scam victims. I appreciate this information.

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