Top 10 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2009

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You've probably seen those work from home ads online or mailers claiming you've won a large sum of money. If you've fallen victim to one of these scams you're not alone.

"The trick of course is getting enforcement," said Tom Gallagher with the Richmond Better Business Bureau branch. "How do you get enforcement on these kinds of crimes and it's very difficult. That's why we emphasize so much self protection that you don't allow yourself to fall for these things."

On their list is Acai supplements and other free trial offers, Google work from home scams, automated or robocalls, lottery and sweepstakes scams, and job hunter scams. Most people we spoke with had encountered these within the past year.

"I've seen so many of these and the people that fall for them are not necessarily ignorant," said consumer, Tom Robinson. "They either have not seen them before or they're looking for something for nothing."

Most of these scams or rip-offs can be found online. So while you're surfing the web if you find something that's a little bit too good to be true, don't believe it until your trust has been earned. That way you can prevent yourself from falling victim.

"You just really have to watch that stuff carefully and believe that you are the only person that you can trust," said Gallagher.

Top 10 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2009:

Acai Supplements and Other "Free" Trial Offers

Stimulus/Government Grant Scams


Lottery/Sweepstakes Scam

Job Hunter Scams

Google Work from Home Scam

Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue/Debt Assistance

Mystery Shopping

Over-Payment Scams

Phishing e-mails/H1N1 spam

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