Internet scams are on a rise and are generally designed to bilk unwitting consumers out of money or, in other cases, simply to perpetuate distribution of the "offer" as widely as possible—even though no one will ever collect any payment from forwarding the message.
The United State Federal Trade Commission maintains a listing of the most common scams and warnings for consumers at their web site. If you get an e-mail offer that sounds too good to be true, check the FTC "Listing of Most Common Scams" web site as well as Ball State list of scam alerts below.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Recent Scams, Threats and Advisories
Better Business Bureau Scam
A phishing scam is currently in circulation which targets the Better Business Bureau (BBB). MORE...
Threat and Extortion E-Mails
Due to the threat of violence inherent in these extortion e-mails, if you receive an e-mail that contains personally identifiable information that might differentiate you from the general e-mail spam campaign, you should contact law enforcement. MORE...
Fictitious Dating Service Scam for Mobile Phone Users
Criminals have launched a blended attack which attempts to lure users to a malicious Web site via text message. The new approach is sending text messages to mobile cell phone users thanking them for subscribing to a dating service. MORE...
Credit Union $50 Reward Scam
This scam entices individuals into believing they will receive a financial gain just by answering a few questions. MORE...
Benefit by doing God's work
Dying woman in London Scam MORE...
Crush Web Sites
Web sites that are looking for something more personal than financial information and passwords. MORE...
LuckyDay Lotto Winnings
Lottery Scam claiming to you have won 1,000,000.00euros. MORE...
Notify about your e-mail account utilization
e-mail account utilizaiton scam MORE...
AOL You’ve Got Pictures Scam
How to detect if You've Got Pictures service e-mails are real. MORE...
Washington Mutual Customer SCAM
A new look to the financial institution scam is being circulated on the internet. MORE...
Citizens Bank Scam
Citizens Bank is being used as a "phishing" scheme. MORE...
Scams Appearing To Be CitiBank or US Bank
The Security Response Team has received an increase in the number of inquiries regarding e-mail scams appearing to be from a financial institution. MORE...
E-mail technical support message
The following message is a hoax, supposedly sent from a Ball State account claiming to be from the "BSU.edu team". MORE...
E.A.A.S. Lottery Scam
The following message is part of a scam, designed to lure unsuspecting individuals into providing personal information. The subject line of the e-mail is often similar to: MORE...
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