Face To Face Scams

Face to face scams can be some of the most frightening to be a victim of. Instead of anonymous hackers, the victim is brought face to face with the thief. 

The way these scams typically work is using a pretense to meet at a specific location for any of a number of purposes. It could be to repay a debt owed by a family member or perhaps bail for a loved one in trouble. 

The victim of the face to face scam either is defrauded of the funds or is placed in a position where they have to give the funds to the perpetrator or else they – or a loved one held ostensibly for ransom – will come to harm.

 

Face to Face Scams: List Below

Sometimes a face to face scam will involve cash, other times the victim is asked to hand over a debit card and their PIN. 

These scams are some of the most brazen, but also the most traumatizing to the victim. Learn more about them by watching this space. See below:

AC Repair Houston Fraud

AC Repair Houston Fraud: How It Works AC Repair Houston is an air conditioning type of scam that is pulled on victims that are not mechanically inclined and need emergency AC repairs. It is a basic 'bait-and-switch' scheme that is operated by deceptive HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) workers. It could happen to you anywhere. … AC Repair Houston Fraud Read More »

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No Win No Fee Solicitors Scam

No Win, No Fee Scam: How It Works (with video below) Are you considering starting an accident injury claim or simply looking for an attorney that could take over a compensation claim? Let's say you went through a bad experience, whether was a construction accident, car crash, medical negligence, or you were just injured … No Win No Fee Solicitors Scam Read More »

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Lawn Care Scam

Lawn Care Services Scam: How It Works (with video below) Several legitimate companies do great work but be aware of the Lawn Care Services scam going on these days. Let's look into it. Maintaining your yard can be a very labour intensive and time-consuming job. Let's say you decide to pay someone else to … Lawn Care Scam Read More »

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Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning: How The Scam Works (with video below)  Scammers advertise themselves as professional air duct cleaners. It's that time of the year. You start wondering if you should have the ducts inspected since the main debate these days is: can cleaning your air ducts prevent Coronavirus? Here is how the scam works: … Air Duct Cleaning Read More »

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Antique Resale Scam

How the scam works: (with video below) This is an old scam that still is perpetrated by criminals working in pairs. One of them is going into an expensive restaurant wearing poor looking clothes. He eats but then he claims to have left his wallet at home, which is nearby. As collateral, the crook leaves … Antique Resale Scam Read More »

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Glass Eye Drop Scam

How the scam works: The Glass Eye scam is a confidence trick. It is a variation of the Antique Resale one, as it requires several con men working together against the mark. How does it work? The first criminal walks into a store and pretends he has lost his glim. Everyone looks around, but the … Glass Eye Drop Scam Read More »

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FEMA And SERVPRO Impersonators

FEMA/SERVPRO Visit Scam: How It Works Criminals pose themselves as representatives of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), having nothing to do with the real organization – so beware! They are knocking door-to-door and give residents SERVPRO cards while asking for money. Be very careful as it could happen to you as well. What can you … FEMA And SERVPRO Impersonators Read More »

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The Rip Deal Scam

The Rip Deal: How It Works The Rip Deal scam is notorious mostly in Europe but it could happen anywhere, as criminals target jewelers. According to Wikipedia, "they would offer to buy some substantial amount of his wares at a large markup provided he perform some type of under-the-table cash deal, originally exchanging Swiss francs … The Rip Deal Scam Read More »

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Edmonton Drivers Alert: Teenager Jumping Into Vehicles For Compensation Claims On 137 Ave

Compensation Claim Scam: Edmonton Parking Lot Injury A new parking lot scam is happening these days in Edmonton. Beware of a young male, around 17 years of age, running into cars on the North side of the city, feigning injuries and demanding cash from naive drivers. He is tall, skinny and of Afro-American descent. … Edmonton Drivers Alert: Teenager Jumping Into Vehicles For Compensation Claims On 137 Ave Read More »

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Chimney Sweep And Repair Fraud

How The Scam Works: Fireplaces are commonplace in homes today, with many people not knowing what they would do without one. Everybody loves a nice, cozy fire to cuddle up next to on a cold and dreary night. Steady usage of a fireplace, however, means that the chimney gets dirty and can start wearing down … Chimney Sweep And Repair Fraud Read More »

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Jam Auction

Jam Auction: How We Get Excited To Buy Garbage Without Knowing (with video below) How do you get excited when you buy something? Typically, that happens when you get an extremely good deal, when you have money and time, or when the experience is outstanding. Little do we know that often we get super stoked … Jam Auction Read More »

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Dry-Cleaning Bill Scam

How the scam works: This is a mail fraud that is typically perpetrated on local restaurateurs. According to Wikipedia, “this scheme takes a receipt from a legitimate dry cleaner the target city, duplicates it thousands of times, and sends it to every upscale eatery in town. An attached note claims a server in the victim's … Dry-Cleaning Bill Scam Read More »

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Appliance Repair Scam

How the scam works: (with video below) You might not be the handyman kind of person, so you might find a needed appliance repairman through a flyer in your mailbox or even on the Internet. He says he could save you tons of money on a lot of small work that would cost you a little … Appliance Repair Scam Read More »

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Fake Waitress

How The Scam Works: (with demonstration video) You're out at a bar with a group of friends. You have your drinks on the table and a tab open; you are ready for the best night ever. Just as your evening is starting up, a waitress comes up to your group and says that there has … Fake Waitress Read More »

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Fake Music Agency

Fake Music Agency: How It Works (with video below) Did you always dream of becoming a famous singer? Are you aware that you have talent but just can't break through? You can do auditions for agencies and hope one of them believes in you and give you the opportunity to make a demo. But … Fake Music Agency Read More »

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New Security Company Scam

How The Scam Works: (with video below) You're watching TV at home when you get a knock at your door. You open it up, and there are a couple of men wearing uniforms you've never seen before. A branded van is parked in the driveway. “Sorry to bother you, we're Jimmy and Peter; we're with … New Security Company Scam Read More »

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