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:

Carpet Measuring

How the scam works: You call a professional to give you a quote for your carpet installation. He starts measuring the surface that will be covered, while having a nice conversation with you. After he’s done measuring, he will give you the quote: “let’s say a promotional $9/ square foot, for all your 200 coverable … Carpet Measuring Read More »

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Carpet Ordering

How the scam works: This is one of the biggest scams in the industry. You go to the shop and look at a deck board – which is a book that has a large piece of carpet on the front, and all the smaller samples and available colors inside. Let’s say you look at three … Carpet Ordering Read More »

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Beware of Fake Census Agents

My2020Census Gov Scam: How It Works Beware of a new Census fraud in the United States called Mycensus2020 Gov Scam. Be also careful of the fake census agents going around, both in neighborhoods and online. Let's explain. The new census in the United States is on, while Canada, UK and Australia have theirs scheduled … Beware of Fake Census Agents Read More »

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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 … Chimney Repair Read More »

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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 … Cutlery Presentation Read More »

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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 … Diamond Weighting & Lighting Read More »

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