By: Ace Blackwood
With commodities escalating to greater heights, more and more people are continuously are getting poorer each day. Here, there, and everywhere, people can be found seeking ways to sustain their daily lives.
Hence, getting into fraudulent activity is another way of combating the hard times. No wonder why people are experiencing scam-related activities these days, especially those who are into gambling activities. This is because in gambling, more people are easily enticed to engage into activities that will give them an easy way to win.
The Common Offline Gambling Scam
Contrary to most popular belief, gambling scams do not just happen in the Internet. In fact, surveys show that there are more people who get victimized by scammers off line than online.
One of the common gambling scams is the identity theft. This is so prevalent because most of the people who play in the casinos use their credit cards to buy the chips.
For people who are not aware of the scheme, they will fall easily as prey. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has estimated 350,000 to 500,000 of identity theft cases in the United States each year. This goes to show that more people are not as aware of how their identity gets to be stolen.
How to avoid them
There is no better way to avoid any kind of scam but to educate oneís self. Proper information about these activities will definitely help people identify any probable signs of scam at once. It is alarming to note that there are so many cases of scams these days just because people are not aware of them.
In the Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service, authorities receive approximately 11 complaints a day from victims and 300 to 500 calls from people who have related problems. Most of the reasons why they were victimized were based on the fact that they did not know it was a scam and that the idea presented to them seemed okay.
Indeed, if people are just aware of the things that are happening around them, things would be better. So, in order to give those scammers the things that they truly deserve, itís best to educate people about the activities so that they can easily report the fraudulent person at once.
As they say, ignorance is not an excuse. It really pays to know everything.
This article was posted on January 30, 2006
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