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Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, Scams, Frauds

How Con Artists Will Steal Your Savings and Inheritance
Through Telemarketing Fraud, Investment Schemes
and Consumer Scams

In-depth fraud coverage of computer crimes such as pyramid schemes make this economic crime library of internet crimes the cyber crime location for the schemes, scams and swindles that con artists and shonks perpetrate.

White collar crimes such as prime bank fraud, pyramid scams, internet fraud, phone scams, chain letters, modeling agency and Nigerian scams, computer fraud as well as telemarketing fraud are fully explained.

This organized crime report by Les Henderson includes credit card fraud, check kiting, tax fraud, money laundering, mail fraud, counterfeit money orders, check fraud and other who's who true crimes of persuasion.

Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, scams, frauds.

Our Mission

To inform the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators.

Although funded by myself as a public service, support through book sales, sponsorships or donations is greatly appreciated.

Consumer Fraud Search Section

You may search our web site for all documents containing matching words or themes using the Google box at the page bottom. Although a full table of contents is available we suggest first time visitors take the QuickTour.

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Top Page Requests.

E-mail Scams, Pyramid Schemes, Wacky Investments, Gifting Clubs, Prime Bank Investments, Nigerian Scams, Reporting Crime

Suggested search words in rough groupings with main section links:

Telemarketing Fraud:

auto-dialers, call centers, mooches, rip and tear, telephone scams, schemes

Sweepstakes Scams

1 of 5 Prizes Sweeps

Advance Fee Sweeps

Gimmie Gifts


Magazine Subscriptions


Recovery Scams

Charities / Donations / Fundraising Scams

Senior Victims


Investment Fraud:

Types covered include shares scams, affinity fraud, blind pools, commodities, futures, options, films, foreign currency, FOREX, gemstones, FCC licences, high tech, resources, promissory notes, prime bank, real estate, T-bills, bonds, CD's, GIC's, viatical settlements and other wacky wonders from share pusher boiler rooms.

Business opportunity scams:

Topics include medical billing services, display racks, inventions and patents, vending machines, vanity press publishing, poetry contests, bulk e-mail and matrix scams.

Consumer scams / Economic Crimes:

Chain Letters

Internet Fraud

Credit Card Insurance

Home Equity / Home Renovation

Cramming ( 800/900 numbers )

Pay Per Call

Pyramid Schemes

Local Pyramid Clubs/
Dinner Party /
Gifting Clubs

Multi-level Marketing /
ACN Scam?

Talent Scout / Modeling Scams

Time Shares / Travel Clubs

Travel & Vacation Offers

Money Problem Scams:

Bankruptcy Credit Analysis Credit Card Offers Credit Repair
Credit Reports File Segregation Identity Theft Loan Brokers
Secured Credit Card   advance fee  

Fraudulent How-to manuals:

Abandoned / Lost Money Employment offers Government Auctions Green Card Lottery
Inheritance Tricks Missing Person Hoax Bogus Scholarships / Diplomas  

Work-at-home scams

Assembly Projects Computer Work Product Testing Reading Books
Stuffing Envelopes      

Street scams:

Bank Examiner Pigeon Drop Jamaican Switch Melon Drop
Fortune Tellers Distraction / Impostor Burglary Door-to-Door Coin Con
"White Van" Speaker Sales Car Buying Scams    

Business Scams:

Nigerian Scams ( Central Bank of Nigeria / Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation )

Fraudulent Orders Bogus Yellow Pages Supply Scams Paper Pirates / Toner Phoners

Criminal Fraud Operations:

Money Laundering:

Consumer Fraud Laws and Scam Victims:

Frequently Asked Questions about Scams:

Links to other "Must See" sites - Exposure of money-making pyramid scheme opportunities. - Exposure of investment schemes and scams. - Fraud victim advice.

419 Coalition - original private resource on Nigerian scams.

John T Reed - Seminar scams.

Frauds and Scams - run by former enforcement official unafraid to tell it like it is.

Diligizer - Gone now but was an excellent forum dealing with high-yield investment schemes.

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I really appreciate it when people send in news stories and press releases about the sort of scams I cover. It keeps my info current and saves me a great deal of time researching.

Here's my own experience trying to deal with an insurance claim for water damage and Waterite Technologies of Winnipeg.

Consumer Advocate Contact Information

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Les Henderson
Box 159, Azilda, Ont. P0M 1B0

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