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What is Environmental Fraud?

We all know that regardless of where you live, the weather is often unpredictable.  A comfy 60 degree winter day in the Midwest; chilly and breezy on a late spring day in the pacific coast.  To some of us, the prevalence of unusual weather is simply the work of Mother Nature.  Others are more convinced that our reckless treatment of the earth has made global warming that much more of a reality.

The natural level of discomfort that results from the thought of global warming is reinforced by numerous reports claiming inevitable environmental doom.  A recent article in the Nature Magazine went as far as predicting that over the next fifty years, well over one million species will cease to exist due to global warming.  

Impact of the Information Technology

Coupled with the fear prompted by environmental experts and know-it-alls is a plethora of scams.  Some attempt to persuade our beliefs, while others operate with the intentions of fraud.  Far from being verified is one claim that global warming is a man-made predicament.  Instead of drawing these conclusions from observable facts, these assumptions are based on methods of computer modeling that generate artificial, manipulable graphic-based visions of the earth.  A computer can only process the information fed to it, which in this case is usually fraudulent data intended to stir up controversy. 

Other types of environmental fraud target those who carry enough concern about the planet to make a difference.  These scams typically find their way to you via email, online survey or fraudulent website.  Often, criminals will make an attempt to persuade you into contributing to the prevention of global warming, preservation of the rain forest or other environmental issues.  These frauds are experienced and rather savvy, able to produce content that makes them appear legitimate.  Some of them will even steal logos and other identifying materials to masquerade themselves as reputable environmental organizations.  To further complicate matters, you typically will have no way of knowing where your contribution actually went.  In a worst case scenario, a scam artist uses your personal information to commit identity theft and runs up hundreds to thousands in debt.  

In the End

It just may be safe to assume that environmental problems such as global warming has everything to do with politics and little to do with science.  Scientists who endorse these theories command and often receive robust government grants to conduct their research.  Without the prevalence of imminent threats, scientists wouldn't get funded, essentially making these environmental issues a big business.  Right behind these scientist is a group of criminals determined to play on your fear and genuine concern to turn a profit. 

In the end, it is at your discretion whether or not you choose to believe or financially support these highly publicized environmental issues.  At the same time, you must keep in mind that many of these theories are not supported by verifiable documentation while remaining aware of the numerous scams lurking in the background. 

You can do your part at preserving the environment by viewing the tips on the following website:   www.environmental-expert.com

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Identity theft comes in many forms.

A person\92s identity can be 'borrowed' for the purpose of creating fictional credit cards or a person\92s entire identity can be usurped to the point where they can have difficulty proving that they really are who they claim to be.

Up to 18% of identity theft victims take as long as four years to realize that their identity has been stolen.

There are many ways to protect your personal identity and many steps you can take to prevent your identity from being stolen:

*Never give out unnecessary personal information
*Never provide bank details or social security numbers over the Internet
*Always remain aware of who is standing behind you when you type in your personal credit codes at ATM machines and at supermarket checkout swipe machines.