Top 7 Tips to Avoid Scams Online

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.

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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.

CONCLUSION

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.




 

14 thoughts on “Top 7 Tips to Avoid Scams Online”

  1. Thanks for the list of tips, I will definitely be putting them to use. I myself always research a program to see if it is legit or not. I remember one time I was approached by some World Ventures Rep, which is an MLM company. After his sales pitch, he told me not to look up reviews on the internet, as the reviews are full of people who didn’t have success with world ventures, and they are just mad.

    What a silly statement to make, I am glad that I am not involved with that MLM scheme.

    1. hi Jacob, thanks for visiting. Researching and getting to know more about anything is one of the keys in finding the right program for us. Even though I know that making money online is possible, I am still in the look out for the shady ones who promise to good to be true things. Thanks again brother and I am glad you visited =)

  2. JR, these tips are priceless and should be posted on the wall of above everyone’s desk. My two favorites are about not clicking on any links in an unknown email and paying money up front. I have yet to find a company that takes their fee out of the proceeds of your first sale. Must not have much confidence in your abilities. Thanks for the must-read info.

    1. hi Warren, that’s awesome, thanks for dropping by =) There are indeed a lot of scams and by sharing these, we might be able to help those who, like us, loves to know how to spot the legits and the scams =)

  3. It’s crazy just how many new scams come out each and every year. I ran into a new one just the other day when I was surfing the internet on my phone.

    What they do is push a pop-up from the website that you’re visiting to your phone, and lock it up so that you can’t use your browser, it says something like “this iPhone has been locked due to a virus. Call this number to get it fixed”

    And then they will charge you like $40 or something to stop the constant pop-ups in the browser. Luckily I was able to put my phone into airplane mode and then close the browser to get rid of it, but I’ve read that a lot of people have been scammed this way.

    You have to be extra careful with your money these days!

    1. hi NIck, thanks for visiting. I absolutely agree. That is why we should always be cautious and just I shared, be aware of these tips and we will all be safe online =) Thanks brother =)

  4. Hey there! I’m a college student and I’m looking for a part time job online. I heard keep reading different stuffs online that I will earn a lot of money. I don’t know any of the scams online but after I read your article you gave me the ideas that I should do to avoid scams. Thank you for sharing this information and I hope that I can find a part time job online that is not a scam.

    1. hi John Rico, that’s great =) You’ve come to the right place. You can visit – https://tipstoprofitonline.com/welcome and explore the site. This is where I started my journey =) You can also visit my other websites so you would see what I was able to develop. Here is the sister website of TipsToProfitonline.com – GlobalPolyglots.com =) Hope you can join us in the community =)

  5. You’ve got some great tips here JR, even though people are trusting and using the internet more comfortably now doesn’t mean that the amount of scammers out there has went down at all, in fact it probably has went up if anything. A good few months I appied for this job about online/affiliate marketing which I found on a totally legitamate job finder website. Turns out I had to pay a monthly sum each month to be in it and it was a pyramid scheme.

    Now that I’ve been through that I’m much more wearly of what’s out there!

    1. Thanks Lyle. The amount of scammers have indeed gone up and they became innovative. I feel for you when you mentioned you were scammed too. I also experienced it before. That is why I tend to become picky. But I am glad there are a lot of legitimate ones who continue to strive to help.

  6. Great tips you give there. I heard about those links inside emails and it’s kind of scary. It;s like you say, they can get either get your information or put something inside of your laptop that track the touch of your keyboards when you enter passwords.

    We are never prudent enough these days. Asking you for money after a long endless phone call is another thing. It’s like you say, never pay fee to get a job. You probably won’t see it anymore and never really have a return for it like they promise you would.

  7. I must admit that I’ve been scammed by many work at home opportunities before, but I’m not proud of it. However, looking back though, I guess I can use my mistakes as lessons to help push me forward online. 🙂

    Thanks for your 7 scam avoidance tips, and I certainly agree with #5 because folks should thoroughly research websites before parting with a single penny. At least that way, less people will be scammed.

    Neil

    1. Thank you Neil. It took me a long time too before I realized that there are legit ones. The interesting part is that the scams tend to be more attractive and for this reason many are hooked. I was once scammed too and I hope no one will ever experience it too.

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