Scam Center Site Stays Ahead of Shenanigans

You've got to be careful in the big city — there's no end to the shady characters in trench coats and smarmy snake-oil salesmen trying to make an easy buck.

Luckily, the People's Scamming Center has got your back with their Russian-language web site, an interesting guide on how to avoid being cheated and ripped off.

The front page of the site is well designed and displays general news and a helpful site menu along the left side of the browser window.

A useful feature to avoid currency scams while on vacation is the online archive of 33 banknotes from different nations. Selecting any country opens a complete collection of small currency images, all of which link to a slightly larger image of the corresponding banknote.

If you're on the wrong side of the law, don't go running for your high-quality color printer yet, as image quality is still far below what you'd need to print yourself a fortune.

The history section feature's personal scam stories from the unlucky, with eight subcategories relating to different types of cons.

For those who have been the unfortunate victims of a con, the "if you've been scammed" page offers some help on how to deal with it.

No advice is given regarding legal action, it's more a general pep talk on how to get your head around the fact that you've been had. There are even links to psychiatrists and other support agencies.

There's also an online forum for those who have something to say about scams.

It's easy to get a little cynical after reading some of the crippling hoaxes described on the site, whose motto is quite fitting: "Don't complain later that we didn't warn you." The People's Scamming Center