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This is an online resource for the book The Teenager's Guide to the Real World by Marshall Brain, ISBN 1-9657430-3-9. The online resources are offered as a free supplement to the book. They help you access the huge library of material for teenager's available on the Web. For more information on the book please click here.

Information about Scams

Chapter 42 of The Teenager's Guide to the Real World talks about a wide variety of scams that teenagers need to be aware of. There is also a lot of information about scams on the Web. The following links lead you to some of the more interesting scam sites available.
  • Top Telemarketing Scams
    This page lists some common scams and tells you what kinds of things to look out for.
  • Protecting Yourself from Consumer Fraud
    This page offers advice and information for protecting against consumer fraud for a wide range of topics from auto repair fraud and multi-level marketing to sweepstakes and work-at-home schemes.
  • A Huge List of Scams
    This list is really too big to digest, but contains a link to just about any scam you can imagine.

The Easiest Scam in the World

It is extremely easy for people to send email to lots of email addresses. Many people assume that the email they receive is legitimate, but in many cases it is not. Therefore, Microsoft displays the following warning to all its Microsoft Network customers:
    "Important reminder: MSN does not ask you to send us your credit card information through e-mail.
    As we have shared with you before, sometimes members receive unsolicited e-mail from people claiming to represent MSN; they may request credit card information or other personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, passwords, or driver's license numbers. We strongly caution against giving out such information to anyone through e-mail."
Apply the same logic to telephone calls requesting private information.

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