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I am quickly discovering from the comments that you send me, that you appreciate and are grateful for much of the content and facts that I include in some of my blogs.
You have gone on further to say that you have found the facts very helpful and have put some to good use.
Previously I have included the facts, as I see them and have left you to decide what you do with the info.
This time in my blog I am just going to give you some common sense logical points that you should consider before you think about THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY TO SCAMSTERS (SCUMSTERS).
Common Sense Ideas for Protecting Yourself against Scams
The best way to avoid getting taken in by a scam is to take heed of the age-old saying: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is“. A free lunch sounds great, but not when it ends up costing you 100 times the cost of a regular lunch. Many of the internet scams resolve around a few common concepts. By learning to recognize them you can easily avoid many scams.
- Earnings, wages, commissions, winnings, that are excessive.
- Getting something you never asked for; ie: winning a lottery you never entered, getting a job you never interviewed for, etc.
- Getting involved in an “easy” business that you have no background in that offers high profits.
- Receiving payments of any kind and returning part of them by Western Union, Wire Transfer etc.
- Purchasing something from a far-away country at a price that is very low.
The key element in all of these is that you believe you will make some quick easy money. In the end you will lose lots of time and money and receive nothing in exchange.
Use a little common sense, and keep in mind that the scammers try their scams on many people and can easily develop the skills to manipulate you into trusting them.
A few quick examples.
Promise of jobs abroad
Ask someone in the USA if they want a job for US$ 120,000 abroad and how easy it is to get. I bet you’ll find a lot of people that want just a job and there are very few such jobs.
Do you really think you can get such a job in Africa without even completing an interview? Use some common sense and you’ll save the money you’re about to send for the visa processing fees. Yes, you’ll be told it will be completely refunded. The truth is there is no refund and if you pay that there will probably be another fee… and another one… until you run out of money or stop paying.
Do you really think it is common for a nanny to earn US$500 a week… or that nannies in the USA are paid in British Pounds? Same scam, you’ll be asked to contact a travel agency to arrange for your trip… whatever you pay is lost money. I got accepted as nanny just by emailing and not providing any qualifications. Think!
Animal sob stories
Do you really think someone is going to ship a pet from Africa for a couple hundred dollars? They may claim to be religious and have a sob story about the animal, but aside from the actual customs regulations in your country if you were to receive an animal, they will play on your emotions to extract all kinds of fees as the animal is supposedly being transported to you. Of course the sellers don’t have any animals, just a few photos and heart wrenching words.
Accepting scam payments
There are many excuses to send you a cheque, from buying something to processing payments for someone abroad. The essence of this scam is to overpay you for something or trick you into thinking you can earn a nice commission processing payments. A few weeks or months after you deposit the cheques, they will bounce (forged cheques) and you’ll be out the bank fees, and whatever cash you forwarded to the scammers and you might even get hassled by the police too!
Another thing to watch out for is someone from overseas that is looking for you to purchase products on your credit card (or theirs) and then reship the merchandise to them. If you use your credit card you can be sure you’ll never actually get paid (see above about forged cheques). If you use their credit card you can pretty much bet on it being a stolen card. Either way, you’re going to be out the cost of the merchandise and the overseas shipping. I won’t even get into the hassles you open yourself up to if the stuff wasn’t bought with your credit card.
These are just a few pointers to look out for and to consider before you PAY FOR THE FREE LUNCH.
That’s it for another blog so take care and stay healthy
‘Old Git’ Jimbo
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