Are you constantly getting emails from people who claim they’ve been cheated out of money by someone else? Do you visit a website every day that asks you to donate money to help “poor people in need”? If so, you may be a victim of an online scam. These scams are all around us. They’re so common, we hardly notice them anymore. And sadly, some people fall for them every single day and give away their hard-earned money.
This section is a collection of articles published on our website which describe common online scams. These articles are intended to educate Internet users about what to watch out for and to remind them that the old rules of safe and unsafe business practices still apply online even with the advent of new technology.
Scam Number One
We should begin with the fake letter scam that can influence any site you visit. When you check out your screen, it appears as though it mirrors the first site. In any case, when you augment the characters in the program, you see that the site address is composed somewhat better. Inconspicuous changes in the sites that welcome you to tap on the messages you use to advertise yourself are currently associated with a significant trick.
For instance, An O in the home warehouse may really be zero. Characters got from different dialects or Latin letters in order are added. A lowercase letter l rather than number 1, every one of the things can trick even the prepared eye, assuming you don’t actually extend and really take a look at your URL program.
Scam Number Two
This is called the FedEx Texting Scam. This may actually affect UPS and USPS users, but if you have a profile at a company like FedEx, they may have given you your phone number, and you may receive text alerts. As many of us order more online than ever before, you may receive messages like: A FedEx parcel update, and often, the numbers that actually generate these texts are random numbers you have never seen before.
These calls will never be sent from numbers 1-800, and you can easily call or track and track. They want you to click right here; a lot of people may click on that link. As a result, depending on how secure your phone is, you may have malicious malware or malicious phishing information installed on your smartphone that could throw away your identity, financial records, or some of your login information. So, be very careful before clicking on any of the links.
Scam Number Three
This is called an air purifier or air filter scam. Sellers use the current state of the world and confusion and concern about germs to target your home. Sometimes you get a phone call saying you have a free upgrade that qualifies, which is a sales opportunity for them to gather information; they may actually come to your home and replace the filter in your HVAC system, claiming to be from an energy company.
Sometimes they steal. Sometimes they canvass your house to see what kind of alarm system you have or do not have. In both cases, it is guaranteed that your home energy and your HVAC system, the company will not offer anything for free if you do not order it. They should not enter your home for any reason unless you have a problem.
Scam Number Four
This is a typo that can really affect you for any retailer you visit online, especially for some fashion brands that are a little harder to pronounce. Let us use Birkenstock as an example. It ends with S-T-O-C-K, but suppose you spelled it S-T-E-C-K, and it may seem really legitimate. You intend to go to Birkenstock.com, not Birkensteck, so be very careful when you enter a website address.
Scam Number Five
If you end up in a cycle that you can click on or someone tells you that you’ve won a lottery ticket, please, no matter what you do, you will always win, according to the website. Do not enter your first or last name or email address, and most importantly, do not accept any of their terms. You might see some beautiful photos of smiling people who have made a lot of money. So stay away from it.
Scam Number Six
Work from home scam is a serious internet fraud. The fraudsters trick individuals who are searching for telecommute openings by promising that they will bring in attractive cash just by laboring for a few hours from home. To enroll in the plan, they will ask you for a specific amount as a security deposit. So don’t fall for this type of scam.
Scam Number Seven
It is a point scam tied to your air miles or your hotel points, but primarily affecting anyone that has traveled before, and if you’re not traveling as much as you are right now, it might seem normal that an airline would contact you and they do an incredible job mimicking the actual website of the specific travel partner. The hackers don’t just want your money or your identity.
In many cases, they now want your travel points. Hotel and airline points have a significant value associated with them. It’s definitely something that you should keep an eye on right now. If you get any of those point expiration reminders, don’t click the links in the email. Use your own login information on those websites. Don’t click the links from emails.
Scam Number Eight
It is a rental scam or real estate scam. Hackers are creating duplicate listings tied to the apartment, or that home that you want to rent, and all of the listings look almost identical, and at a time where many people are not visiting leasing offices or signing their leases in person anymore, that first-month deposit or your application fee may actually be going to a scammer or a hacker.
There are multiple listings for the apartments, and while some are reputable, many are duplicated, so visit the actual website for the property. Even if the price that you see from one website appears to be lower, don’t submit any application fees without actually coordinating a phone call with the building, and if it’s a wire request, or PayPal, or anything like that, most major rental companies will accept a check, or they can process your credit card in person.
Scam Number Nine
It is about PayPal accounts. If you’re a frequent eBay shopper and you’ve had a PayPal account, you may receive a text saying your account has been restricted due to a failed payment. No one’s actually tried to make a purchase. Do not click on any texts from PayPal. If you ever have any concerns, visit the PayPal website on your own. Use your own login information on a trusted and secure browser, but those texts, and those phone calls, and anyone trying to get you to click this link, so you end up on a page that looks like original, don’t do it.
Scam Number Ten
It is related to Amazon extended warranty scam that is prevalent right now. You purchase something from Amazon. In fact, you probably purchase a lot of things from Amazon, and you get an email that appears to come from Amazon telling you that you can get a free standard warranty. All you need to do is register your product. It looks legit. You first give up all of your personal information.
In some cases, if you’re an educator, you can actually implicate your school. Whatever you do, please don’t do that. There are no free warranties being offered by third-party sellers after you’ve made an Amazon purchase, and any warranty that you get from a third-place market seller is clearly laid out in the Amazon terms and conditions, and if you don’t feel comfortable with that, just contact Amazon support on your own.
Unfortunately, there are many scammers in the world. And sadly, a lot of people fall for their scams. Therefore, it is important for all of us to be aware of some common scams so we can avoid them. We hope this helps you to stay away from scams. If you may be a victim of an online scam. Please mention how you fall for it in the comment section.