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Fraud alert

Scams-a-zillion

Clever con artists are bilking unsuspecting consumers to the tune of billions of dollars each year. They're coming at us from all sides -- telephone, Internet and even door-to-door.
Here's a roundup of the latest consumer scams, plus practical tips for protecting you and your family.

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Investment scams
Who to trust? Tricks brought to you by trust-scam artists
Watch out for salespeople who want to come to your house or invite you to a seminar on living trusts.
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It's a bull market for investment scams
Day trading, pump and dump, short sellers who flood message boards, life insurance agents who sell things they're not licensed to sell -- they're among the top investment scams that separate people from their money.
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Top 10 investment scams
These tricks take millions of dollars from millions of Americans every year.
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Too-good-to-be-true CDs
Many elderly investors are being tricked into buying 20-year certificates of deposit.
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Mortgage rip-offs
Protect yourself against mortgage scams and screw-ups
The refinancing boom is alive and well thanks to lower rates. But inexperienced shoppers need tread carefully because lending tricks and traps await them.
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Hang on to your home's equity: Beware contractor scams
How to spot the signs of a remodeling scam.
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More rip-offs
How to avoid buying a car with a tampered odometer
Rolled-back odometers are not that rare.
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Fat-dissolving hot pants and other common scams

We Americans are too trusting, and there are cons galore to separate you from your money. Here's how to avoid getting taken.
Plus: Top 10 ways Americans get scammed
QUIZ: Are you a sucker for a scam?

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New safeguards for your credit card number

Losing a credit card receipt with your full account number and expiration date on it can be just as hazardous to your financial health as losing a credit card.
Plus: A step-by-step guide for reporting and repairing identity theft
 
-- Posted: Aug.3, 2001
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