You buy a product on a site much cheaper than the official site, the product has rough finishes, and the seller is unreachable. You are then a victim of counterfeiting.
Renting an Apartment
An unbelievably-priced apartment in a European capital has popped up in your search for a place to live.
Purchasing a car
You’re looking for a car to buy on a classified advertisements website, and you stumble upon a great offer.
False Administrative Websites
You signed up for a foreign website which will complete administrative procedures for you, but soon after you realise that the French administration offers these services for free.
You happen to come across an advertisement praising the effects of a beauty product, or offering you a free sample of a weight-loss pill, or offering a smartphone for only €1. Be careful!
Just like Santa Claus, generous companies who contact you offering products without you having ever asked for or purchased anything from them don’t exist!
Advertising messages asking for financial aid are sent from your email address or posted on a social network via your profile. You are a victim of hacking!
Credit/debit card fraud
You notice on your bank account that there are several payments to a foreign business that you did not make. Your credit/debit card information has been stolen.
You missed a call or an SMS from an unknown number, and so you decide to contact it back.
You come across an offer for credit or a bank investment, but it was fraudulent.
You receive a sudden email that says you are the inheritor of a wealthy foreign individual, or that you have somehow won a Spanish lottery, etc.
Virtual money investments
You have invested money in a crypto-currency, but when you ask to get money back from your investment your financial advisor does not respond to you. You are a victim of an investment fraud!
You have signed up to be included in a professional directory and a company asks you for money – welcome to the trap of business directories!
In search of love on the internet
Fraudsters create fake profiles on online dating or meet-up websites to extort money from unknowing victims.
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