A scam can often is defined as a dishonest scheme, with the intention of tricking people out of their money. Whether you know it or not, you will most likely have been the target for a potential scam in the last year. We’ve all seen it before, you receive an email from someone you don’t recognise. Asking you to visit a suspicious site or for you to give out very personal information.
Although you may not believe it, anyone can fall for a scam, no matter how careful you are, we all have off-days. The problem is, many scam artists will tend to target the most vulnerable victims they can identify and specifically look to take advantage of people with a more trusting nature. If you are worried that you could easily become the target of a scam artists con, or perhaps one of your loved ones could, then this article will very briefly outline ways that you can avoid this happening.
To ensure that you avoid becoming the target for any scams in the future, there are many signs that you can look out for.
If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…
There is a saying that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. This is often a trick employed by scam artists in order to stop you from thinking rationally. If a stranger suddenly presents you with an opportunity that seems too good to be true then you may simply be blinded to the fact that there is a huge risk involved, or that you should probably wonder why a stranger has decided to help you out for no benefit to themselves.
Personal Details are Personal
Personal details are a scam artist’s bread and butter. With enough of your personal details, a complete stranger can begin to gain access to a variety of your online accounts. Most companies will actually emphasize the fact that they will never ask you for your account details via email. If you are unsure whether or not you should disclose your personal details, search up the company in question and call them directly, rather than using any contact details that they provide in their email.
This point is also very important, even in the event that you believe you have received an email from a credible source like the council or even the police! Criminals are relying on you blindly accepting anything that they say to be true, even who they actually are!
Take Your Time
Most scams are actually easy to spot if you take the time to check them thoroughly and scammers know this. If someone insists on trying to rush you to buy something then this should be a red flag. If you feel rushed by a pushy salesman or even by your bank or company that you are signed up with, ask yourself why they would be rushing you in the first place. In order to make the best decision and avoid any scams, always take the time to think any offer through.
Scam Artists at Your Door
Although there are many scams that you need to avoid online, scam artists can operate over the phone and even in person. One thing to be wary of is who you let into your home, although you shouldn’t be paranoid of every person that you meet, you also shouldn’t be naive enough to think that everyone is looking out for your best interests.
Although not limited to the internet, the internet has been a breeding ground for a variety of scams. Staying informed about what scams are out there is a great way to avoid them in the future. On top of this, discussing any suspicious behaviour that you encounter with your friends and family is incredibly effective in the fight against scam artists trying to make you part with your money.
Sarah Wirth works for Multicare Mobility specialising in Marketing and Trend-Analysis.