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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK:
Tips On Avoiding Scams
by Anna-Marie Stewart Venton
One thing I think we
ALL agree on: There are way too many scams out there. Both
online and off. Things like:
Email from a "millionaire who needs help transferring large
sums of money" This is one of the most popular scams online
How about the "You've won the lottery!!" mails? You know
that unless you've bought a ticket, or registered for the
lottery in question, you haven't really won a thing. Prepare
to be scammed!
Oh, and the "Free Credit Report"
mails, did you know that they`re usually just someone
looking to get your ssn number, or some of them even bill
you for using their "free" service later?
Watch out for the E-gold and Paypal scams, where someone
sends you a mail telling you that you HAVE to login, or risk
losing everything. Both E-gold and Paypal have strict email
policies, and neither of them would EVER ask for your login
info with an email.
Then there`s "You`ve won a free gift". How many of those do
you get per week? All you have to do is pay s&h, right?
Well, that means it isn`t really free, doesn`t it? You know
what they get when you claim that free gift? Usually your
credit card number, or even your email address/phone number
which can then be sold on as "leads".
I`ve put together a bunch of links that can hopefully help
you with safely marketing online, without getting scammed.
Minimize Credit Card Fraud
Museum of Scams and Frauds (I really
love this one)
Great list of online and offline scams
A forum for discussing get paid
programs. Good, Bad and Scams
List of scams with a touch of humour
What if you`ve already been scammed?
Complain! Don`t just leave it. You won`t help yourself, nor
others if you just leave it. Even if you don`t get your
money back, you`ll be doing your bit to stop these scams and
fraudsters, ultimately helping others to avoid them.
Been scammed? File a report!
A joint project of consumer protection
agencies from 17 nations
How to complain (UK)
There`s just so much hype out there, and it`s easy to get
"sucked in". We all want to believe that we can actually
make the promised 10`s of thousands of dollars within just a
couple of weeks.
In reality, things like that just don`t happen. The only
person who can possibly, if at all, make that amount of
money, is the program owner. At YOUR cost. Always remember,
if it looks unbelievable, it probably is.
No matter what you market online, always do your homework
before signing up for anything. It`s REALLY important to do
a lot of research before you decide to pay out any money.
Don`t rely on just a couple of sources for information, find
as many as you can. Check out lists and forums, see if
they`ve got anything to say about the program/product you`re
Ask all your friends and contacts if they`ve heard anything,
good or bad. Go to marketing chatrooms, see what people
there have to say about it. Ask about everything you need
answers to regarding the product/program. You`ll be
surprised at the amount of information you can get.
Get in touch with the owners, ask
questions. If they`re elusive, or don`t answer you at all,
then my advice would be to steer clear.
Above all: Never EVER use money you can`t afford to lose.
Anna-Marie Stewart Venton
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