There are lots and lots of scammers and you can see them almost anywhere. From the internet down to your neighborhood, and they come to you the least you expect it. Scammers have been really creative in how they fool people but there are common denominators in the way they usually work and of course, there are general ways to avoid them and protect yourself from them. Let me share some.
Scammers will usually try one formula first before anything else. They would first get your attention by showing something that is usually too good to be true. Some would say, you won’t $100,000 on a raffle and they contact you through email, text message, or even in writing. This would usually get the attention of the victim and will get him/her to be more interested. Once this has been established by the scammer, their creativity begins to show.
A lot of them would try to use flowery words to entice the victim to get more and more interested in it. They would sometimes use terms that they can only explain. The victim’s innocence is sometimes what they pounce on. Then, they would use unusual means to ask for information or convince the victim to do something like send cash or invest in something. Once they have the information, they could use it for their gain aside from getting something else such as money or goods.
There are lots of ways that they do it and I cannot list them all here. Just to name a few that I have encountered, one is email fraud. They would try to get your information by telling you that you won something and they want your information. Then ask you to deposit money so that they could send the winnings to you. Next would be online auctions or shops. They would ask for money so that they could pay their “personal shipper”. I won’t go into detail but they would usually ask to send them the money using money transfer. Then, once they get the money, it’s all done. They won’t show up anymore.
So, the first thing that you need to do is to never trust anyone unless you really know the person and you are talking to him/her yourself. It’s much better if you are face to face. But then, it won’t hurt to be careful even with family members (mostly on the extended family). Then, if you are shown something that is just too good to be true, don’t believe in it right away. Think and don’t get too caught up with the flowery words and the complication of the matter.
If you think you are being scammed, ask and go to authorities if you’d like. A lot of people can help you out. As for me, I usually don’t mind them and I don’t respond to those scams. But again, these scammers do get creative and even if we know a lot about scams, we may encounter something new. So, always be careful, keep it cool, think and relax.