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          How Not to Get Scammed

          February 24, 2009

          With the country facing economic woes, many Americans are on the lookout for ways to generate extra cash. But are those lucrative offers to work from home and get-rich-quick ads legitimate, or scams designed to swindle consumers?

           

          Click here to get involved with the Feeding America Food Bank initiative.

           

          Shattered Nest Egg

          Richard and Cynthia say they were about to retire at 59 when they received some devastating news. Their entire life savings vanished in an alleged Ponzi scheme.

           

          “Our whole lives just changed from well to hell in one moment.”

           


           

          Picking Up the Pieces

          On the brink of retirement, Richard says he is now forced to continue working. He fears he and his wife will have to pinch pennies in their golden years.

           

          Can the couple get over the guilt of losing their investments and move on? 

           


           

          Exposing the Cons
          Are those lucrative offers to work from home and get-rich-quick ads legitimate, or scams designed to swindle consumers? Attorney and author Steve Weisman shows you how to protect yourself.

           

          Learn last year’s top 10 scams.

           


           

          A High Price to Pay

          Corbie she says she registered online to become a mystery shopper. The job came with a check for $4,000, so how did she lose $5,000?

           

          “We will never see that money again.”

           


           

          Too Good to Be True?

          Blair says she surfed the Net for a part-time job she could do from home. She was hired for a data entry position paying $35 an hour, so how did this one-time high school valedictorian end up losing thousands?

           

          Learn the warning signs that Blair missed.

           


           

          Facebook Fraud?

          Beny and Bryan made headlines for a scam involving the popular social networking site, Facebook. Beny says he received an e-mail that he believed to be from Bryan, saying his friend had been robbed at gunpoint.

           

          “Unbeknownst to you, you may have victimized yourself.”

           

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