An estimated 1 in 10 Americans lose money every year in phone scams to the tune of about 10 Billion dollars. About 1.5 billion is syphoned away from American victims in online scams. Mail fraud, door to door scams – the list goes on. No one is immune from a variety of scams that come in many shapes and forms with new scams constantly entering the market. You must always be on the lookout for criminals trying to make more money by stealing your money. Let’s take a look at some of the more common scams and then compare the things that they have in common. If you can recognize the glue that scammers use to attach themselves to your funds then you can avoid getting stuck by this rapidly growing type of criminal activity.