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Online Scam: How to avoid being a prey

Updated on June 2, 2013

How to avoid Online Scam

I think the most effective way to stop internet fraud is to make sure people stop falling prey to these tricks. If there are no longer vulnerable preys (victims), the lion goes hungry and would eventually die. This is the reason I have chosen to enlighten computer users on ways to avoid online scams.

1. Be informed

There are several websites that publish common internet scams, read up information on them and be aware of some of the strategies scammers use. I also have an article on the common internet scams.

2. Look for these indicators

Although scammers are very clever and are constantly changing their strategies the emails they send have certain things that will have the same tone.

The emails will either promise you jobs, money or prizes.

Demand donations

Propose mega business deals

Request sensitive personal information

Try to get you follow a web link

3. Verify Email Address is Legitimate

Look at the email address to confirm the message is from the target company. For instance an email from Microsoft will always follow this format whatever@microsoft.com. The same thing applies to most big companies and organization. Scammers rarely are able to fake the exact email of a company and even in the few case were they do you will notice the original email address b hovering your mouse over the email address of the sender. fraud emails are not hard to detect afterall !

4. Do not respond to the emails

Never respond to a scammer's email even when you are certain you have received a fake email. A lot of people like to play around with them for a while. Scammers never admit anything, the more you communicate with them, and the more susceptible you will become to their email fraud. Come to think of it, it is a waste of valuable time and energy.

5. Do not download any file attached to the suspicious email message

Visiting the wrong website or downloading the wrong file from an infected email attachment, could infect your PC with malware that specifically targets a browser security flaw. Internet Explorer is the most vulnerable to these. The Malware primarily re-routes your browser URL query to a different page than the domain that you typed in.

6. Guard your personal information

Be very frugal with your personal information. All information about you is valuable and could act as point of attack for internet fraud. Beware!

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      adragast24 4 years ago

      @shawnhi77 lm: I was about to say that. Scams generally promise you too much.

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      diligentwheel lm 4 years ago

      @shawnhi77 lm: You are spot on! I agree with you!

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      Great list. Let me add that anything that sounds too good to be true is. Make sure you verify, verify, verify. People can save a lot of pain by calling the company that these emails are said to have come from to verify their information.