But sometimes, I get e-mails, or read stuff online - and I am not so sure. When that happens, I launch Jason Morrison's neat little website "Is this a scam?" The site is a Google Custom Search Engine tuned to anti-scam and anti-fraud sites, useful forums, and government agency websites.
I simply LOVE the simplicity of this website. In white lettering against a vivid bright green background, you read:
Is this a scam?All you do is fill in your area of concern in the search window and click "SEARCH".
Wondering if an ad, email, or miracle cure is a scam?
Ask the internet
As an example, I have been wondering if a certain $29.99 product will really give me teeth as white as Beyoncé's. So I entered "teeth whitening". Here are a few of the listings that came back:
- www.consumersearch.com teeth whitening reviews
- www.complaintsboard.com complaints re teeth whitening scams
- consumerist.com consumer reports rating products claiming to whiten teeth
- www.ripoffreport.com reports on fraudulent teeth whitening products