How to Avoid Internet Scams

How to Avoid Internet Scams

 People get scammed on a daily basis do to hackers, investing, or get rich schemes. Whatever the reasons it is only fair to say that if you are not going to research things and just jump right into the next “best thing” then basically you might have a lot of grief and regrets on your hands. Researching and reading reviews are very important.

How to Avoid Internet Scams

Here are some tips to follow:

  1. It is very important to know who you are working with. If you are not familiar with the person or site then you should do some research on them through the consumer protection agency and also the BBB. If the site itself has a feedback forum then that would be a good place to see what others have to say about their experiences. Be sure to collect the information such as phone numbers, and an actual address (not a PO box). This could help if you run into a situation later on.

  2. Research the company and the complaints department on how they handle disputes. Keep in mind that when dealing with an online company in another country can deem more difficult when a problem arises. Find out what standards they meet for reliability purposes.

  3. If you find there are no complaints on the person or company that does not mean it is a guarantee that they are legitimate. Another fraudulent sign to look for is when an operator is fast at opening and closing with you.

  4. There are millions of promises being made of making easy money. You find sites on a regular basis making promises that you will generate a lot of money with very little work involved. Do not believe it, this most likely is a scam.

  5. Also look out for those sites that promise you loans, or credit cards if you have bad credit. Also money investments that promise little or no risk involved – SCAM!

  6. If the seller or site is legitimate then you should be able to find all the details about the service or product, time of delivery, total price, terms of warranty, and policies in regards to cancellation and refunds. Be sure to read everything including any fine print so you have a full understanding of the offer.

  7. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into anything. If it is legitimate then they have no problems with giving you plenty of time to come to a decision. Watch out for not taking “No” or demanding that you need to make your decision immediately.

  8. Be very cautious with downloads, be wary of unsolicited emails, they can put a virus on your computer and if they are not familiar to you then you should request to be removed from their email list. Also be careful when entering contests with your information you could be the next potential victim.

Here are just a few tips to follow and another thing is to be careful with payments online but using your credit card can be pretty safe since you are able to dispute any charges.

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