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Don't be a victim of a rip-off... How to detect a Scam job offer or a phishing site?

Updated on July 1, 2013

Scamming.

In this days this practice is pretty common mostly in the Internet and sometimes in person, but they are taking a bigger step in the Internet because they have more security and ways to avoid being caught. Who doesn't want a job with high salary and with only a few hours working, almost everybody wish this to happen and only a few can have it.

The scamming is a common practice thanks to these "dreams of perfection" using this to hook us in their game of fraud. Some people detect a phishing site or email or a scamming site easily because these sites instantly tell us their plot, but some sites feel like a real deal for us, telling us what we can to hear and with a nice internet site looking secure and decent, that's when we tell ourselves "Maybe this is the good one", sadly it's too good to be true.

We need to do a little bit of research and look for some signatures of the scamming sites and job offers.

How to detect a scam?

First of all, there are several signatures in a phishing site or in a scamming site, some sites are very obvious in showing this signatures but some of them keep this in a low, dark corner of their sites, some of the tips are:

  1. Too friendly: They try to communicate with you to be your friend and make a nice "deal", they speak in a soothing way trying to keep everything out of suspicion. They are too nice to everyone, they accept everyone, they will pay everyone.
  2. Too much gibberish: They take you in a real adventure trying to decipher what they are trying to tell, but obviously they highlight the key words, repeating them a lot, and making use of them in almost every ad or picture: high salary, few time work, you're your own boss, you can make tons of money working a few hours. This is clearly a scam site, they try to put this words in your mind, trying to convince you.
  3. Rushing you: Always this sites will be adding sentences like "Hurry up! or someone will take this opportunity from you". They want you to think less and act faster in a way of urgency, pushing you to give information or to pay training classes.
  4. Promises: "You will have your dream car in one week", this is pure scamming, they take down the stars to you trying to blind you of the truth, this promises are too good to be true. Don't be blind about this always keep your feet in the ground.
  5. Too much information: They will try to keep this simple but in some point they will ask for your credit card information, full name, address, just to pay 1 dollar for the introduction course, the next time you check your credit card account you have a charge for a mysterious sum of 100 dollars. Those are some expensive courses.
  6. Decent: The site or the email is very proper and have a lot of directions and telephone numbers in case you wish more information, this will cause you a false sense of security and will be telling yourself "Maybe I will give it a shot".

"Another round of scams from the young demon towards humans."
"Another round of scams from the young demon towards humans." | Source

Have you been victim of a scam?

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What to do?

Okey, now you detected a phishing site or scam email, but What to do next?, well there are several thing you can do depending what you lost:

  • The FBI have a special team in charge of this kind of things in the internet, you won't have a refund or something like that, but at least you will help others, you can go to http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams or send a email to spam@uce.gov telling your problem and writing the link of the phishing site or internal text of the email.
  • Also you can report it directly to Google to put down this sites and run investigations of the same IP addresses taking down all the services by that IP. You can go to http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/
  • If you gave money to them or make a transaction you, then must contact you bank, most of the banks now a day have methods to protect their clients from this sites. Read the services of the bank or talk to an executive.
  • Ask for help if you are afraid to make any procedure against the page, an adult or sometimes a few tries to sue the company with the help of lawyers, but this requires more money, but you will be doing a long shot, but maybe you have luck taking them down by these way. Commonly they will magically disappear or simple run away.

How a phishing works.

The way a phishing site works.
The way a phishing site works. | Source

How to avoid being scammed or phished?

These tips will help you in your research on the sites you wish to interact with:

  1. Google the company. This will give you an idea of what they are looking for, sometimes they copy the information and change some sentences to make you fall.
  2. Look in internet for fraud lists or scam checkers, there are several sites with this option and with a long data of phishing or scamming sites.
  3. Just ask in forums in the internet about this site, if this is a scam sadly somebody else has fallen in it or somebody report it and made and article saying that this site is scam. Just research a little more and you will get and answer, remember "Too good to be true".
  4. Send an email to them telling to phone you because you're interested, the 90% of them will block you and will try with others, but the other 10% will have a more elaborated scam with more people helping them and maybe you end falling to this well played scams.
  5. Try sending an email to them asking for more information of the company, try talking with them in the phone, squeeze all the information you can from them, this way you can make a nice counter attack against them with the help of your local authorities.
  6. Check the emails addresses sometimes they will create a new good looking address this can give a false sense of security but some of them send phishing mail by the address of "ExampleKittyLiky@phishingyou.com" these addresses are obvious to be a phishing site, they don't have any relation to the company.
  7. If the site is clearly good to you and you want to try, ask someone else to check the information of the site before you try it, maybe they find something weird and you because of the excitement you let it through.

Video.

In the next video thanks to "Which?" from UK. They advice on what to look out for and how to avoid such a scam. Making it clear that almost 10% of the people being a potential target for a phishing email/site fall into this tricks, thanks to the modern technologies and how they trick us and blind us with many types of sites and emails.

About the Author.

My name is David ZermeƱo and I bring this Hub to you in case you have suffered some scamming or phishing intent, or in the other case to prevent from being a victim.

Thankfully I haven't being a victim in this matter but I always keep a defensive stance in this kind of situations, always being a little negative in my emails and trying to look for something weird in the URL or in the written speech. I wrote this Hub because many Hubbers have this "Dream" of making money easily with the help of Internet and with the right tools we can do it, but sadly there are many other sites waiting for us and take these dreams and take our money as well. That's why I wrote this I don't want to see a fellow hubber being victim of this.

Thanks for reading and if you liked it feel free to give me a feedback to know your opinion or comment and give me your tips and experiences.

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