BEWARE OF SCAMS
The biggest problem with the internet today is that it’s much easier for nasty people to use a range of methods to separate people from their hard-earned money and/or their personal information. The smarter they get at creating scams, the more educated we need to be at detecting them.
You should always be aware of anything suspicious and seek legitimate help, whether it’s from a family member, a friend, an online support group or forum, or in Facebook (But be selective about who you ask).
Scams can come in the form of phone calls, emails, text messages, Facebook messages (especially private messages), and much, much more. It’s not good enough that only you know about scams. You need to make sure that family members and friends are also made aware of them. This is especially critical in the case of people with disabilities and elderly people, often in poor health, who may easily get tricked by these con artists.
If somebody is attempting to convince you to do something right now, before missing out, and before seeking help, DON’T DO IT!`Anything legitimate can certainly wait for you to verify that it’s real. Please bookmark this page of my site so you have reference material you can check quickly and easily.
Check out this excellent list of scams that target writers. You’ll have to put the URL together properly.
https :// makealivingwriting .com/ripoff-alert-freelance-writers-scams
On this page I have also included numerous links to other sites with good examples of scams. At the end of this page, you can download a 40 page FREE government report containing a lot more scams to avoid.
This is a very common scam. You receive a request to add a friend and it appears to be somebody you know. Often you remember you had added them before but they may use an excuse for requesting it again. This is known as Facebook Cloning and you can read all about it HERE.
INDIAN CALL CENTRES.
Most people are aware of various call centres in India and other countries where people are hired to ring and try to scam people out of their hard-earned money. Here’s one massive scandal.
England’s BBC TV did a story on more Indian call centre scams. It’s disgusting the way they rob people of their last dollar. You can read more about it HERE
Do you receive calls from overseas numbers when you either don’t expect overseas calls or you don’t know anybody overseas? Are you tempted to ring them back to abuse them? If so, DON’T!!! They will try to keep you on the line for as long as possible because you made the call so you’re footing the bill. They can put you on hold or play music for a while, or anything else. Think of the 1900 numbers and “adult” lines that charge a premium. If this happens to you, contact your telecommunications provider to avoid having to pay such a large bill.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
This scam can be frightening when it first appears in your email inbox.
The reason is that it claims to know one of your passwords. In my case, it was an old password, but it still made me stop and think.
Below is the link to the entire email he sent me. I have copied it exactly, so there are lots of spelling, punctuation and other errors I have chosen not to edit.
This one is called the Google Phishing Attack.
Because it’s a long post, I have provided a link to the full article.
This next one can potentially be financially disastrous. DON’T SAY YES!!!
Here’s the link in its entirety. DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT!!!
You’re welcome to download this 40 page FREE REPORT covering a lot of different scams to avoid. Although it has been put together by the Australian Government, the information is just as valid in many other countries as well.