Top scam 'words' to look out for

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- If you're on the Internet long enough, you're bound to come across a scam and those scams are usually sent right to your inbox -- something that irritates a lot of us.

So, how do you spot a scam?

Well, www.thestreet.com and www.dailyfinance.com taught us a few tricks.

First, you should start by looking at the wording. For example, the word “congratulations” almost always means the email is a scam.

“Acai” is another word almost always associated with a scam. The Federal Trade Commission started cracking down on companies that promote the Acai, which is supposed to help with weight loss.

The word “diet” is also on the list. Most of us want to lose weight the easy way, but you'll probably lose money, too.

Here's one for you: “Home.” Most likely, it is connected to "Work at Home" scams. Experts say to delete it.

“Risk Free” can be added to the list of words associated with scams. Experts say if something is “risk free,” there is definitely risk.

And if you see the word “service,” you’ll most likely see "bill" and "charge" close by. This all hints that the email is connected to a cellphone scam.

Another word to look out for: "stocks." There are plenty of articles about stocks, but an odd email mentioning an investment opportunity is most likely a scam.