On our journey through the internet, we are able to view hundreds or even thousands of websites daily, sometimes only within a few hours of browsing. We can forget how unsafe the internet can be, even though we’re sitting behind a computer screen in the comfort of our home.
Remember, you’re not the only one doing these things online. Meet the Scammers, or Hackers. Call them anything, all you have to know really is they deceive, and they do it very well.
How to Expose a Scam
Exposing a scam involves first identifying it as a scam. Make sure you are not just mistaken and that it really is a scam. Do your research. Once you are certain it is a scam, you may write of your experience on a scam watch site. A simple Google search got me www.scamwarners.com/, scam.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Fraud-and-Scams-Exposed/145266844686, exposed-scammers.blogspot.com – just to name a few.
Whether doing some online shopping on Ebay, Amazon or browsing Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, these are many ways you can fall victim to an online internet scam. In the next few paragraphs I will outline to you briefly from personal experience and knowledge, what you should look out for in a scam, and if you have been scammed, how to expose a scam if you are an offline or online scam victim.
Shopping Online: Ebay – Avoid listings from sellers with new accounts. The use of a generic image, no rating, no positive feedback. Generally go for a seller that has feedback and positive ratings. Emails from Ebay are not always from the actual website. Is this an official ebay email? Make sure to look carefully.
Social Media: Facebook – Clicking on links that point to external websites may compromise your Facebook Account Security. Ads about making money online, be cautious, run a Google search just to make sure it is legitimate. Do emails come from Facebook? Scammers are very good at copying emails identically.
Browsing – While browsing websites, don’t always give your personal email when asked. Instead give them an email for the purposes of subscribing. These websites sometimes send junk, when your email address has been passed onto other people for the sole purpose of sending you offers.
MLM, Make Money Online, Get Rich Quick Schemes, Pyramid Scheme, Ponzi Scheme – If they ask you for payment, chances are they are a pyramid scheme, especially when they ask you to get people to join. Monthly subscriptions for Make Money Online programs sometimes have hidden terms you find when you read the policy, terms and conditions or other policy (Check footer). If the sole purpose of the program is making money, and they offer daily investments they are very likely to be a Ponzi Scheme (Ad Click Xpress is one Ponzi). Make sure they charge what the say they charge and not a larger amount. A quick Google search should clarify whether they are an actual program worth joining. Global Domains International (GDI) and Empower Network are examples of Multi Level Marketing (MLM).
Phishing Websites, Spoof sites – Be aware of any sites that may be a little off. Meaning, if you think you’re on Ebay but it doesn’t quite look right, check the address bar to make sure you’re not on one of these phishing websites, designed to steal your personal information and use your identity for crimes or something worse.
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