Top Internet Fraud Scams Within Emails

By | July 14, 2017

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How To Avoid Top Internet Fraud Scams Targeting Your Inbox.

Are you sick and tired of not knowing if that email is one of the top internet fraud scams ferociously circulating the net, like a wild thirsty money-beast, salivating for your bank balance. (‘Ooohhhh why ssooooo dramatic!’). Well, life is full of drama lol. I am going to be detailing, for you, the Top-Five scams to ever hit email accounts in online history.  See List below and scroll down further for an in depth explanation of each, so, you know how to recognize such cons if they are slightly dressed up in other names or guises.




Here is five of the Top Internet Fraud Scams ever created on the net. Whatever you do please don’t click on any of the links in any suspicious looking emails.  We will betaking a look at the following scams so we can learn the signs of fraud.

  1. Secret Shopper.
  2. Romance Scam.
  3. FBI Email.
  4. Job Scams.
  5. The Word of Mouth Scam.


The Undercover Secret Shopper Sleuth Scam.

So you are after watching the full box set of Sherlock homes and then you think “I better look online and get a job” (what? this could be happening right now – lol). You head on over to your local online job search sites and come across a vacancy, that is local to you, to be a Secret Shopper. This just entails go to your local Supermarket, Shops and buying a few small things and rating the service for a pay check and reporting it back.

Alternatively, once your CV has been submitted to such sites, online scam artists could send you an email, looking like it has come from such sites, trying get you to sign up with them.

Either way, once communication has been established, it is not uncommon for a fake check to be sent to your home address with instructions regarding your new job. Now that is a big convince’er for anyone!

After you did your job, i.e. shopped, you then report your experience back, upon which, they ask you for a money wire transfer. You don’t mind this, even though the money could be quite high, as you already got a nice ‘legit‘ check from these guys. (YIKES!). Remember, the check is fake.

You submit your lovely glossy check into your bank account and wait for it to clear. It never will.

Have you any experience a long this line you would like to tell others to help them avoid such a scam? Why not leave it in the comment box and I will get back to you.

The Romance Scam Seeks To ‘Play’ You like a Fool.

Briefly stated, a Romance Scam is when someone pretends to like you, in the real world or online, in order to manipulate you into committing financial fraud for the benefit of the stranger.

This one scam is very patient and very good at getting your trust. Once trust has been gained, I don’t care if the person is hot, fit and talking to you on live-cam in a corset, your going to get hit = scammed!

Read an article I did on this for a detailed overview on How Online Dating and Romance Scams Target Your Lonely Heart.

If you don’t want to read that article, because you can’t be bothered (no hard feelings – lol – guild-trip-alert!), then just watch out for these key red flags below, just in case you are actually going through this right now.

  • Soon after connecting, the person gets EXTREMELY personal with you.
  • The person seems to be head-over-heels for you like Cupid tripping on Fairy-Dust.
  • Scantily clad pictures of the person and dodgy looking links to suspicious sounding sites. (DON’T CLICK!).

FBI Email That Grabs Your Attention FAST.

If anyone ever got one of these emails, like I did years ago, this can be quite scary initially. Within the email will be an ‘ORDER’ and it will look startling ‘Official’. Here are the guises it could take.

  • Official Order from the ‘Anti Monetary Crimes Unit’.
  • Order coming the FBI’s ‘Anti Terrorism Unit‘.
  • From one of the FBI Units based out in Nigeria.
  • Asking you to confirm an inheritance that is due to you.
  • You are a Lottery Millions Winner or some kind of lottery information.

Needless to say, do not respond to any of these ‘mental‘ emails please.

The Brutal Jobs Scam.

I will take a little time here to explain this scam. It is remarkably cunning and terribly easy to fall for. Let us look.

You have just spotted your ideal job on a respectable jobs site. You place your CV and apply. Fingers crossed, you get a reply soon, because you have just forfeited your Friday nights out for that pesky phone bill this month.

A scammer may see your CV and send you details stating how they are looking for someone, just like you, as you fit all their requirements.  Details of such a position are explained, convincing you that you are a perfect fit, and you will be directed to apply through the provided link to put yourself forward for the job.

You will land on a page where the description for the job is specifically designed for people like you with great benefits and the money is very good pay.

You will be directed to ‘click‘ another ‘link‘ that’ll take you to a professional looking form to apply for this dream job vacancy. Here is where it gets tricky!

Once they have you all excited and hungry for the job they will try to get you to add the following details on this form. These details are as follows:-

  • Normal every day details that any job application form would ask. No problems so far, right?
  • YOUR Social Security Number.
  • Date of Birth.
  • Your Bank details like your bank name and, audaciously, your Bank Account Number so you can get paid.
  • A reference.
  • Your Home Address.
  • Your full name.

The list could go on like this until they know your EXACT Genetic DNA Sequence to replicate and over throw the Internet with SCAMMERS!!! I nearly fainted at the thought of that, but then, that’s probably just me being a little paranoid. Speaking of which I am wearing tin-foil on my head in case it gets HACKED!!


Please Note – This is not Professional Psychiatrically Sound Advice.

The consequence of you giving out all of that personal information to such a scam is pretty horrendous! The online trickster now has enough valid information about you to actually go and open up a Bank Account through the Web. Once opened they can make great use of whatever credit you may have and buy goods to ship on over to their mates in Timbuktu, or, wherever they hide out from the FBI!

Wouldn’t it be great if all these scheming scammers accidentally started to try to scam each other at the SAME TIME!  It’d be like the ultimate ‘Karma’s-a-Bitch-Battle-Royale‘ of unsuspecting crooks falling for each others dirty-tricks!  Whoever wins gets to keep their job selling shoe laces on the side of the road, (LOL!) if only, might teach them a lesson or two. Hmm, sounds like a good idea for online comic strip where ‘Scam Detector‘ could be the hero – LMFAO! Alright, enough of that bonkers. Let’s move on.

The Word of Mouth Scam can go a long way.

Quite simply someone makes contact with you and asks for money or they will leave your ‘dirty-little-secret‘ up online for all to see with your name and image attached. Unfortunately, after payment, should there really be a secret, authorities have noticed it does not come down. NASTY!

That will be all for now regarding email scams though I have another ready to fly off the press in due course.

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Please leave me a comment about your experiences regarding any of the scams in this article to help others avoid them.  I will always get back to you.  Should you have questions on my #1 RECOMMENDATION to earn money from home without a sign up fee, please, just ask me.  I will be happy to help.

6 thoughts on “Top Internet Fraud Scams Within Emails

  1. Cheri

    Thanks for this information. Very funny too. Your website is filling the need to help unsuspecting folks like me smarten up.

    I did not about that secret shopper scams exist and I nearly fell victim to the job offer one. It appears there are many scams out there and we need reliable sources of information on how to weed out the bad sites.

    1. admin

      Hi Cheri,

      I am glad you liked my article and I want to thank you for your comment.  If you come across any suspicious looking opportunities that you want  me to check out, then please, just leave me the link and I will look into it.

      Thanks again  Cheri,



  2. Ron Kirby

    Decent article. You pointed out some scams I hadn’t thought about for years. It’s good that you did, because they’re still out there, wearing different clothes perhaps, but still there. Anyone who uses the internet and email (Almost everyone) needs to be aware of all the idiots out there trying to find a way in to your pocketbook. Your site helps provide that information. Good job.

    1. admin

      Hi Ron,

      Thank so much for the comment.  Yes, a lot of these scams have being going for years, just a bit more sophisticated at times.  

      I do agree, these people are ‘idiots’, but, very smart idiots if that makes sense.

      Thank again for your comment Ron,



  3. Erika

    OMG, Philip!
    So funny and smart. I really enjoyed this article. I feel like I learned a little something. I’ve stumbled onto those sites from a legit job board. I find that once it happens I back out. Thankfully, now I have a great security system on my computer that seamlessly identifies danger zones and stops my progress.
    I enjoyed your article so much that I can’t wait to come back for more. I love that you added a link to a legitimate sight to make money online. Well done!

    1. admin

      OMG Erika!

      Haha, I add a bit of humor for me to encourage to continue writing. Spitting out pure data just kills the joy of creation for me.

      Thank you kindly.

      Thank you so much for the time it took you to read and comment here, really appreciate it alot!!

      Thanks Erika,




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