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Scam avoiding tips

Updated on August 25, 2011

Making payments on the internet

Making payments online is one of the most sensitive procedures one might have to do. To limit the possibility of being scammed or becoming the victim of identity theft,below are some tips that may be helpful

1.TRUSTED ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEMS-it is good to work with a recommended, long running payment system. Ask your friends what they use instead of their cards.Paypal comes highly recommended.

2. RECOGNIZED RETAILER- Much as this may sound redundant, most scams happen with "fly by night" retailers who disappear after a period. It is worthwhile to stick to an established retailer as there is already trust embodied with their reputation.

3. VERIFY YOUR SLIGHTEST DOUBTS- If you are going to enter your details online, then it is vital to verify your slightest worries or doubts by emailing or calling the retailer.

4. WHEN IN DOUBT (RE)SEARCH! Find out as much as you can about the retailer through online searches, use the above tip in combination with findings of your search.

5. NO SENSITIVE DETAILS VIA EMAIL- Most legit businesses will never ask you to send sensitive information via email. It is a very unsafe way to pass on information. A worthwhile business to work with is one that will provide a safe page for you to enter your details.


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    • Alladream74 profile image

      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @scammedagain. I second you on the Redgage issue.There is brewing frustration on the site at the moment because of lack of payments.I think the site does not realize what a hit it is and is slowly becoming a selfish non-responsive "scam". I will do a full hub on it as I joined only 2 months ago ,enjoyed it but am now thinking I may be wasting my time.Thanks for passing by. I go by the name "reloaded" on Redgage by the way.

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      scammedagain 6 years ago

      very good tips. I would add to these sites where you place content and end up not getting paid for your work. I joined redgage, a content site, well over a year ago, made lots of easy money, then out of the blue, I had first one month, then two, then three months of earnings come up missing on my account page. Anyone out there, pay very close attention to your account page, as this has happened to way to many members. After months and months of contacting support, as well as redgage staff members, and being repeatedly told the money is coming, many members still have not been paid. I had thought I was alone with this problem, but learned over time that dozens of other members have had the exact same problem, missing months of earning updates on their account page, and nothing but one promise after another to fix it, and nothing gets done. I hope I am wrong, but that site is looking more and more like a scam

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Same here. I've yet to have a problem. It's a great service.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Bud. Thanks for passing by. Paypal has been very good to me.From consistency to customer service.

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Excellent tips!

      I'm a huge fan of PayPal, so I'd also recommend it. The point about searching is very good advice. That's a great habit to get into.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Lade_E. Yes I am following the stories,it is shocking how much they have the public under their radar. Thanks for passing by

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful - The scamers are getting sophisticated by the day. Hope you are following the "Phone Hacking" story in the UK. tut tut.

      Great Hub.

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      There are so many things that can happen online. I am more aware now when using public wifi connection. Well, i try not to check my bank accounts and stuffs while connecting to wireless open network. And as you have suggested, paypal is the more secure way of making payments.

      I don't tend to read positive reviews about a particular website. Instead, i would prefer reading and knowing anything negative that is about a particular website. When things sound too good to be true, it probably is.

      Good hub!