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Learn how to protect yourself from fraud—in the mail, via the Internet, or by phone. The US Postal Inspection Service produced these short videos on fraud, identity theft, financial crime and lottery scams.
 

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Web of Deceit
Criminals from around the world are using bogus e-mails and legitimate looking web sites to trick unsuspecting people. It’s a type of Internet scam called “phishing.” This dramatic video produced by the US Postal Inspection Service tells the story of the international effort to stop “phishing” scams and provides tips on how you can avoid being tricked by these criminals. It’s vital information you don’t want to be without.
   
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Stake Out
This video produced by the US Postal Inspection Service tells the story of a kind of “Work at Home” scam and how a young mother got caught up in it. This video also provides tips on how you can avoid being duped by these criminals, losing money and possibly much more. It’s important information to have before you answer that next Help Wanted ad.
   
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Dialing for Dollars
This dramatic video produced by the US Postal Inspection Service tells the story of telemarketing investment fraud and the lives that are ruined by these criminals. This video gives you tips on how to protect yourself against investment fraud and telemarketing scams and tells you what to do if you’ve been victimized. It’s information you don’t want to be without.
   
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Long Shot
It sounds exotic and exciting – playing the lottery in another country. Sure it’s a long shot. But if you win, you could pay off your debt, travel the world and make all of your dreams come true. Truth is that foreign lotteries really are a nightmare. This US Postal Inspection Service video tells the story of a lottery fraud victim and the con man behind the scam. It also provides tips to help you avoid becoming duped by this fraud.
   
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Identity Crisis
One day you discover that someone has your number… or all your numbers; your Social Security number, your credit card numbers, number to your bank account, what will you do? This video produced by the US Postal Inspection Service tells the story of a couple whose credit is ruined and the criminals who defrauded them. It also gives you tips on how to protect yourself against identity theft and what to do if you’ve been victimized.
   
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All the King's Men
You’ve discovered that you’re the victim of a financial crime. Your money is gone, your credit rating is in error, and you may have to testify afainst the people who victimized your. You’re confused, and uncertain… where do you turn for help? This US Postal Inspection Service video introduces you to resources to help you deal with the criminal justice system, restore your credit rating, and put your live back on track. It also includes tips that may help you avoid becoming a victim in the first place.
   
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Nowhere To Run
Law enforcement agencies from around the globe are joining together to stop international fraud. Criminals who thought they were safe from arrest are being extradited thanks to efforts of the US Postal Inspection Service. This US Postal Inspection Service video tells the story of the international efforts to stops these “long distance” scams and provides tips on how you can avoid being tricked by these criminals.
   
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Truth or Consequences
Imagine you receive a check in the mail and you're told to deposit it into your bank account... and the money is your to keep. Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? This film reveals the type of scams known as "419 fraud" and provides tips on how you can avoid being tricked by these scams.
   
 
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