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Publication fraud

It is a crime where the caller pretends to be from an advertising agency and offers advertising space in their publication. The publication is often bogus, but the caller creates an impression that it has partnered with charities, crime prevention groups and emergency services or offered community health initiatives. 

They may even claim the target firm or their representatives have agreed to their offer and ordered the ad space in their publication, and they ask the victim to pay the charges for the services. 

Finally, they send invoices where all the agreement details are mentioned, and they may threaten legal action if their bills are not paid. 

Most such organisations represent charities, rehabilitation projects, 999 services or rescues. 

They sometimes send office stationery or products to a business organisation, claiming they received an order for the product delivery from the staff of the client firm. 

Then, they use pressure tactics to get their invoice cleared. Sometimes, they ask the victim to transfer funds into their bank account. 

Sometimes, the clients pay the money even when unsure if they ordered the ad space or the stationary. However, do not pay the bills and report the crime to the investigatory offices if you suspect such publications.

Date Published: Sep 09, 2023

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.

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