Scams

Have you ever wondered if the person holding a "will work for food" is trying to con you? Being conned is the same as being scammed. There are little scams and big scams.

Many Mercer faculty and students receive e-mails searching for participants in various types of deals claiming to involve large amounts of money benefiting the participant.

Most of these "too good to be true" deals are frauds committed by criminals. Many of them will begin with you actually receiving some money but in the end, you will wind up owing much more. Many of them will give someone else access to your bank account. Thousands of people fall for scams every day. Some scams involve millions of dollars. If someone with access to a million dollars can be scammed, anybody can be scammed. Don't be a victim. Look over the information and visit the Websites below to familiarize yourself with various types of scams. They may be offered through the mail, over the phone, by the internet (including e-mail), or in a face to face meeting on the street.

Advance Fee  / Nigerian / 419 Scams

The details change but they all usually involve someone somewhere who knows how to get a large sum of money if you will just help them.

Fake E-mails from the US Government

Mercer Technology Support Page on Computer Viruses