In Advance Fee Schemes you pay a sum of money to someone with the expectation that they will give you something of greater value in return. The schemes include claiming that you won a car or large sums of money, but that you need to pay a small fee in advance to cover shipping or other costs. Unfortunately, the items you won never materialize.
- Anyone offering something of great value once you pay a “small” sum is probably trying to defraud you.
- Be sure you know who you are dealing with in any transaction.
- Be suspicious if the company contacting you is working out of a post office box.
- Be suspicious if the company does not have a phone number you can call or are never in when you call.