While none of us wants to go through life being cynical, the truth is that most of us have experienced being ripped off by a scam artist and it’s left us a little bit jaded, a little more untrusting than we were before. We are on the lookout for those who would try to rip off our hard-earned dollars.
What types of scams are out there? All types! There are a myriad number of ways that people try to scam and rip us off and a ton of them are on the internet.
Here’s Eight of Them!!!
Here is a list of 8 broad areas (with a brief description of each) of online scams to watch out for:
- Unexpected money. Scammers invent ways of making you believe about get-rich-quick schemes of getting money that builds false hope and sucks people in. Don’t buy it! There are no get-rich-quick schemes.
- Unexpected winnings. These scams try to lure you into giving money upfront or giving out your personal information in order for you to receive a prize from a lottery or competition that you never entered. If you didn’t enter it, you didn’t win anything!
- Fake charities. Scammers take advantage of natural disasters by posing as legitimate charities and asking you for donations to collect money for relief efforts. Check out any organization asking for charity money to make sure they’re legit before you give them anything.
- Dating and romance. These scammers look to take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, usually through dating websites, by playing on emotional triggers to get you to provide money or personal details. Again, do your homework before you give anything out.
- Buying or selling. Scammers target consumers and businesses with products they never deliver on. Not every transaction is legitimate. Check out the company first.
- Jobs and investment. If you’re looking for a fast way to make money, watch out – scammers have invented all kinds of bogus money-making opportunities to prey on your enthusiasm, or even desperation, to get hold of your money. Remember this old rule of thumb – if if sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it’s a legitimate money-making opportunity it won’t make unrealistic promises. It will take time, work and they will offer you a free trial period, such as Wealthy Affiliate.
- Attempts to gain your personal information. Watch out for offers and approaches that are seeking to gain sensitive, private information from you. It is more than likely a scam looking not only steal your money but your identity as well.
- Threats and extortion. Scammers will go as far as to threaten your life or “hack” your computer in an attempt to steal your identity or money. Beware!
It is my hope that you will visit this site often. I will be here to keep you informed about the scams to avoid, as well as legitimate offers to try online if you’re looking to make some extra money. I will enlarge on some of these 8 major themes, especially on the ones that promised easy money with little or no effort on your part. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate top ask. If you have any input to offer me or our other readers, by all means please do so.