Got a tri-fold mailer from the USPS today with the title “Do You Know the Warning Signs of Fraud?” with several concerned-looking people on the front. I opened it up and read the following:
- Sounds too good to be true.
- Pressures you to act “right away.”
- Guarantees success.
- Promises unusually high returns.
- Requires an upfront investment–even for a “free” prize.
- Buyers want you to overpay for an item and have you send them the difference.
- Doesn’t have the look of a real business.
- Something just doesn’t feel right.
I suppose it says much about me that upon reading the first couple of items, my mind immediately went to a recent piece of legislation known as Health Care Reform. Most of the rest of the list resonated with me in a similar fashion.
I confess be being grateful that at least one governmental entity knows fraud when it sees it.