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How to avoid internet scams on web

Updated on August 30, 2012

What are internet scams?

Internet scams are incidents that take place when we are not expecting them. Precaution is the only cure to reduce chances of getting scammed. There are many types of internet scams that take place on internet like online shopping scams, online auction scams, free offer scams, lucky winner scams, lottery scams, email scams, online identity theft, phishing scams.

10 Tips to Avoid Internet Scams

  1. Using latest anti-virus, anti-adware and firewall softwares and don't forget to update them regularly. One such all in one software that I believe to be best is Panda.
  2. Never open an email from a stranger or strange source. It is better to mark it as spam.
  3. Never click on links within an email to visit a membership based site.
  4. Never share your personal information online in any website or forum.
  5. Never store your personal information in a computer or even secondary storage disks.
  6. Always maintain more than one email ids. One for your personal use and others for your online activities.
  7. Keep your greed in control, no body is going to make you rich or open doors of fortune. Greed is No. 1 reason for scams to work.
  8. Never access/transact on a financial site/online marketplace from a public place or public computer.
  9. Never conduct any financial transaction on sites that are not encrypted or SSL secured, you can see a lock in task bar for such sites.
  10. Your personal safety is more important then getting rich or making money, always avoid doing things that create suspicion and you are not feeling comfortable with. (An alert message from 6th sense).

These are some tips which can help a lot in avoding internet scams to a large extent.

How can we avoid internet scams?

We can easily avoid most scams, if we can think before we act, follow prescribed rules, don't get swayed away with greed.

Most scams target our greedy nature, laziness, get rich quick mentality. We must get alarmed when we are offered an opportunity which isn't actually very common. Those who love to take chance are people who actually get scammed.

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    • online4income profile image

      online4income 8 years ago from Online, in search of income

      Panda is really good software, but I feel its resource hungry and heavy for home users.

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      John Harper 8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      I had Panda installed and it was so efficient I couldn't even get into my own gmail account! - Now THAT is secure surfing ;o)

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      online4income 8 years ago from Online, in search of income

      Hi Dawei,

      That's true, we often forget to use common sense and that is the reason why each one of us have/had been a victim of scams at some point of time.

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      dawei888 8 years ago

      Hi! Thanks very much for putting up this list of how to avoid Internet scams. You list offers a lot of common sense but I think most people forget to do these things. Thanks so much.

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      online4income 8 years ago from Online, in search of income

      Thanks SEM, actually I knew about online scams and used to take precautions myself. It is only when I come across a Hub Q&A, I decided to create a hub.

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      SEM Pro 8 years ago from North America

      WONDERFUL - thank you. Very thorough and well thought out information. I hear of so many being scammed these days and your hub may help with its honest suggestion to avoid the temptation of greed. Glad you came to HP - welcome! :)