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:

Chimney Repair

How the scam works: Scammers advertise themselves as chimney repair specialists, dropping flyers in your mailbox advertising free evaluations and clean-ups. You hadn’t thought about it before but now you start wondering if you should have the chimney inspected, so you call them in. The scammer comes in and starts cleaning up your chimney. As […]

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Cutlery Presentation

How the scam works: It has been reported that this scam is growing rapidly, especially in the United States. The crooks organize beautiful neighborhood presentations, advertising great cooking systems and high end cutlery. They really are, but only the ones displayed at the presentation, not the ones delivered. Once the victims order a set of […]

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Diamond Weighting & Lighting

How the scam works: Crooks advertise the “carat total weight” of diamonds in a ring, but avoid mentioning the individual weight of the center piece. How is that important? A big diamond is worth much more than the 7 small ones around it that equal it in weight. If you are considering buying, always ask […]

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Art Student Paintings

How the scam works: A couple of young and polite people show up at your door carrying great paintings, telling you they are art students and are trying to raise funds for their tuition and art supplies by selling their own pieces. The paintings really look good and they are asking “only” $40 for the works of […]

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Bank Machine Device

ATM Device Scam: How It Works (with video below) You walk up to an ATM, absentmindedly insert your card and type in your PIN. You walk away with your cash and get on with the day. A few days later, you start to notice some unusual charges on your card. Little did you know, the ATM […]

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Bank Machine Keypad

How the scam works: This is similar to the Bank Machine Device scam, but it usually happens at night. You walk up to the ATM, insert your card and type in your PIN. This time, not only do you not get your money, but your card is trapped inside! You can't go into the bank […]

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Bank Machine Note

How the scam works: You're desperately in need of an ATM and walk the streets until you find one outside a bank. You run up to it, only to find a note attached, saying: “This machine is out of cash. The closest ATM is one block south.” You follow the instructions and walk to the […]

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