Every day, the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman receives questions from consumers that have been exposed to attempted scams. To inform consumers and protect them from fraudulent or malicious business practices, we have made a list of the most common scam methods.
Under each bullet point we have given examples and information that can help you recognise the scam.
Many consumers have been scammed by fraudulent online shops that claim to sell popular products. After you have ordered and prepaid, the product never arrives, or you receive counterfeit goods. Check out our continuously-updated list of fake online shops.
Web pages and emails with fake logos might tempt you with a new iPhone or TV for an unbelievably small amount of money. In reality, you are signing up for a subscription to an anti-wrinkle cream or antivirus program you don’t need, at a very high monthly cost.
You receive a phone call from a person claiming to call on behalf of Microsoft, telling you that your computer has been exposed to security breaches. You are asked to visit certain web pages, and without your knowledge, a third party is given unlimited access to your computer. They tell you that they can fix the problem, and ask you to pay for their services by getting you to share your credit card information.
You are asked to enter your credit card number while visiting a website. All of the sudden, money is withdrawn from your bank account without your permission. Fraudsters can also take money from your bank account through the technique known as phishing. Read our tips on how you can recognise this kind of scam.
Suddenly you receive an email or a text message telling you that you have won the jackpot in a foreign lottery you have never heard of. Another classic case of fraud involves letters from foreign lawyers searching for unknown relatives to inherit a large sum. Another might be an offer to take part in a lucrative business project.
Be aware that people with dishonest intentions use online auctions and marketplaces like ebay.com, finn.no and qxl.no in their activities.