In a world, where fraud victims have a hard time getting anyone to even talk to them this saying makes a lot of sense.
FraudAid was conceived by a woman by the name of Annie McGuire, who fell victim to a fraud scheme, herself. Her personal story, which is told in great detail on the site proves that just about ANYONE can become a fraud victim.
In my personal dealings with victims, you would be surprised who has been scammed.
The problem is that most people -- especially those who think they should have known better -- rarely report that they have become a victim of fraud. FraudAid strives to educate all of us that the lack of communication enables fraudsters to victimize people (who if they have been made AWARE) might not be have been taken in by a fraud scheme.
Thus, the reason there seems to be so much fraud and the experts compiling all the statistics disagree on how much fraud exists. After all, "Silence is fraud's best friend."
The FTC just released their estimate of identity theft victims, which has raised a lot of speculation about how accurate their number is.
I have no doubt that the FTC did the best they could, but if fraud isn't reported, it's hard to quantify.
The FraudAid site is a wealth of information for someone, who is trying to seek help after becoming a victim. Of the greatest importance (in my opinion) is how to deal with the authorities.
One page on the site shows the average person how to write a narrative that will get the Police interested in going after your case.
It also goes into great detail on what law enforcement agency specializes in what type of fraud. This can be confusing for someone dealing with being victimized for the first time.
The site also addresses a growing phenomenon, which is how to avoid getting arrested after becoming a victim. With all the auction fraud and stolen financial information being sold wholesale, fraudsters have developed a need to launder the proceeds of their illicit transactions.
The way they do this is by tricking people to do it for them. This is accomplished by hiring them under "false pretenses" to negotiate all their illicit transactions and wire the money to them. This scam is often referred to as a work-at-home, job, or check-cashing scam.
Another variation, known as a reshipping-scam, tricks people into reshipping stolen merchandise.
In reality the victim is taking all the risk for the scammer -- and more and more often -- the rap for them when they get caught. Sadly enough, the end result is almost certain financial ruin and possibly being charged with a host of crimes including, check fraud, money laundering and receiving stolen goods.
Some of detailed information on the different scams that can be found on FraudAid include investment, Nigerian (419), sweetheart/romance, lottery sweepstakes, lottery, work-at-home, visa/green card, counterfeit check/money order and reshipping/package processing scams.
Also covered on the site is how to protect yourself and recover from identity theft. Many fraud victims later become a victim of identity theft when a fraudster sells all the information they've data-mined off them.
The site even contains information on child safety and human trafficking.
Backing all this up are a host of research tools for fraud, where to report it and how to take political action.
Annie is now backed up by a group of volunteers, one of whom, Karrie Brothers, assisted me with a lot of information on the current going-ons at FraudAid.
To grow this effort, Karrie and Annie are actively seeking volunteers to assist them. Being one of the few resources where a victim can turn to, they are getting a lot of business!
FraudAid gives a good explanation of why volunteers are needed and they are trying to grow their organization:
Fraud, by every measure, is one of biggest and fastest growing industries in the world.
One study values worldwide corporate fraud at over two trillion dollars. This is not counting consumer and Internet frauds for which there is no reliable assessment. Another study estimates that 6% of global product is laundered money.
The fraud industry is run by many, many skilled professionals. The anti-fraud industry is small and, by comparison, run by very few skilled professionals.
That's why if you have the skills you can make a real difference!
Fraud Aid, Inc. is a volunteer anti-fraud organization. We, as all other anti-fraud organizations, are out-numbered and need your help.
We have the frauds. Do you have the time?
To grow the organization, they are recruiting a wide range of volunteers with law enforcement, legal, IT and education experience. There are also opportunities for people with no experience, also.
Even if you think you are aware of all the fraud schemes out there, FraudAid is a great place to learn more about them. After all, if people weren't being taken in by the schemes, fraud would probably disappear pretty quickly!
If you want to learn more about FraudAid, the site can be seen, here.