Let’s be honest. Scammers are usually one step ahead than honest people. Be it real life or online life, we, the honest people get scammed from time to time. Since we are talking to each other online now, we’ll tell you how to spot and avoid make money on internet scams.
As I said before, scammers try to stay one step ahead all the time. Some scams appear so legitimate that even the people who have got duped before can’t identify them. However,
most of the scammers use one of the following techniques to scam you. Little vigilance and background check can save you from getting duped.
We will tell you a few signs that should make your eyes, ears and brain alert and proceed with caution.
Sign 1: Someone Contacts You Out Of The Blue
We are sure that at least once in your life you were contacted by Nigerian Prince for offering a huge commission for transferring billions of dollars to someone through your account (if not, then you are doing something terribly wrong on the internet 😉 ).
Well everyone knows Nigerian scammers these days and their offers are out rightly screamed scam but if you ever get contacted by someone for the legitimate offer, be very careful.
One of the examples could be someone contacting about selling you the latest (or old) model of iPhone, laptops, cameras, etc and the price will be less than half. They will even send you the pictures of the items and tell you to hurry up as the stock is limited. They will ask you to wire the money. To gain your trust, they may ask you to wire money in installments. Then you may neither see the product nor the money again in your life.
It need not be some products, it could be a service too. Someone may offer you a 90% discount on service that you may be looking for provided you pay 10% immediately. You pay that 10% and say bye-bye to that money forever.
Bottom line is that don’t fall for such offers from unknown people. Always buy the products and services from reputable sources or through the known recommendations. Not that you will not get scammed this way but you will reduce the chances of getting scammed considerably.
Sign 2: If It’s Too Good To Be True, Probably It is
Have you seen business offers like below?
Does anyone need a “FREE” Work From Home Income Opportunity?
❤ Get paid $3,150 every 7days…
❤ No required inventory
❤ No hidden fees
❤Start your new year with a better purpose!
Some offers may offer $5000-10000 in the next 48 hours. Well think this way, if you find a treasure in a forest with a password and only if you knew the password, would you share the password with other people?
You have your answer. Just stay clear of something that is too good to be true.
Sign 3: No Contacts On The Website
Sometimes you will come across a very good offer. Everything will be so convincing about the offer that you will want to remove your credit card and purchase the product/service online.
Wait!!!!! Put that credit card back in your pocket. See if there are any contact details on the page. If there are contact details, then make contact and ask about the customer satisfaction or refund policy or maybe how is the weather there.
If timely and satisfactory response related to your query is received then perhaps it is legit. If there is no response then stop, never remove that credit card again for the website. Chances are that if they don’t respond to you before purchasing the product they will never respond if you face any issue with it or want a refund.
If no contact details are mentioned then DON’T PURCHASE anything there.
Sign 4: Countless upsells over the first product
Let’s say that you finally find a product but after purchasing the product there are many further upsells or OTOs. Those who don’t know what upsells are then here is an example for you. You just bought a car, now the dealership asks you to purchase accessories, additional warranty cover, updated music system, etc. etc. Basically whatever extra things the dealership is offering are called upsells.
In the case of online purchases, usually, there will be multiple upsells. While one or two upsells are fine but if you encounter countless upsells then that product is not going to live up to the expectations.
Sure, most products offer 30 days or 60 days refunds but they earn the interest of your money for a month. Assuming thousands of people like you buy that product then the interest can go in millions even after refunding the product.
And there are a lot of people who simply forget to cancel the membership and get back the refund.
As a countermeasure, stay away from one time fees for a lifetime product. If they are offering monthly membership, then they are confident about their products and you can go for it.
Try to find out what are the upsells of the product that you are going to purchase in advance. If there are more than 2 upsells then don’t buy that product.
Ways To Avoid Internet Scams
- Do not pay to expose your credit card details, use services like PayPal to make the payment.
- If PayPal is not available in your country then use the one-time credit card numbers
- Never wire funds to other countries. If you really like the product then communicate with the sender to send the package first and pay on delivery. If they don’t agree with this then don’t buy that product. Trust us, you will not die if you don’t buy it.
- Never ever ever ever give your financial details to anyone (ideally not to your spouse too). If they ask for your bank account, social security, date of birth etc etc. then report the authorities mentioned in the next section
Where To Report About The Scam?
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center
- FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
- FTC complaint form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- Consumer Sentinel/Military (for armed service members and families)
- SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
- Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints
- New York Attorney General, Avoid Online Investment Fraud
If you are a victim of some scam or fraud by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
While we don’t promise that you will not get duped in the future if you do these it is better to stay alert. What are some of the scams that you had faced in your life? Do share them in the comment so that others can learn the lesson.