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 below. Although a full table of contents is available we suggest first time visitors take the QuickTour.

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Top Page Requests.

Suggested search words in rough groupings with main section links:

Telemarketing Fraud:

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

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:

Money Problem Scams:

Fraudulent How-to manuals:

Work-at-home scams

Street scams:

Business Scams:

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

Criminal Fraud Operations:

Money Laundering:

Consumer Fraud Laws 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.

Read Scam Stories and Fraud Victim Statements

Visitors who write in with personal stories or provide details of current or past offenses will have attribution shown unless they request otherwise.

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.

Consumer Advocate Contact Information

To ask a question or tell your story of victimization, e-mail me as below. For an even quicker answer first try the FAQ section.

E- mail

Please cut and paste the email address then replace the (at) with an @. It is the way I slow down spammers. Sorry for the inconvenience. I try to read and use all submissions, but may not have time to personally answer all letters.


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Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, scams, frauds.