Ok let’s face it, we all would love to “Get Rich Quick” right? or even more believable, “Work from Home”, right?
Well there are a lot of scams out there that promise these very things, but please DO NOT fall for them. I’m going to share to you some tips to avoid getting scammed by those oh so good sounding scams on the internet, job boards, or even in the newspapers.
The Internet is full of perks–convenience, efficiency, cost-effective, time saving and so many more. And the boom of the online industry has opened many doors for home based career opportunities that enables people to earn money without leaving the comforts of their home.
Online scams are schemes to con you out of your money using your computer and the internet, either through fake websites or emails. Although there are many ways scammers can get into your computer to steal your money and identity, there are ways you can protect yourself.
Tip # 1: Spot imposters
Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
Tip # 2: Avoid Suspicious Websites
If a website suffers from poor design or multiple pop-up windows, it might not be a legitimate retailer. To stay safe, stick with big-name retailers or, on smaller sites, familiar payment system, such as PayPal.
Tip # 3: Don’t believe your caller ID
Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
Tip # 4: Use Antivirus Software
Use antivirus software and keep it up to date. This will check for malicious computer programs and monitor files before they are opened. Up-to-date software is important to protect against the most recent viruses. If you buy software online make sure it is from a genuine supplier.
Tip # 5: Do online searches
Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
Tip # 6: Never pay any fees to get a job
A legitimate work from home job opportunity will not require you to pay money. You will simply be required to render services. That’s it. No paying of fees should be involved. Otherwise, it’s a good bet that it’s a scam.
Tip # 7: Don’t Click on Hyperlinks in Emails
A common scam involves sending emails that ask the recipient to click on a hyperlink or open an attachment and then enter personal information, such as bank account numbers. Is better to ignore such emails and reports all suspected email addresses.
Just remember, to make money online is possible, but not as easy as those scams make you think it is. It takes hard work and time, because there is no such thing as legal fast money, except for winning the lottery.
Also, remember, that if an opportunity doesn’t tell you EXACTLY how you are going to be making money before you pay them, then it is a scam.
What other ways do you think you can avoid scams online? Share your thoughts below.