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how to avoid losing a million pounds on the internet

Updated on October 20, 2011

Staying safe, and avoiding getting scammed on the internet is getting tougher each day. How do you avoid getting scammed?

There is a number of ways that you can increase your security when your using the internet, and avoid getting scammed.

Email scams

Don't just believe every single email that you receive. Open up your email client, like yahoo, or msn, and have a look inside your junk email folder. You'll find a huge collection of emails that your email service provider knows are scam emails. Have a read through them, and make your self familiar with these types of emails. Read a few of the scam emails through, you'll find out what kind of tricks people are using.

The most important thing when dealing with emails is make sure that you know what each email is, and who its from. As soon as you find yourself feeling unsure about what has happened, or who has sent the email.

You don't have to open ever email you receive, especially the email from your new unknown friend you've never heard of, who has sent you a link, or a file that has hot girls in it, or the details requesting you to fill in personal information and send thousands of pounds in return for millions of pounds. If you wouldn't expect to meet a random stranger on the street who would give you a million pounds in return for a few hundred, how would you really expect this to happen on the internet? Many people still do though. There are qualified doctors and lawyers who are always in the news for being scammed in such ways.

Lots of people are too friendly with everything they come across on the Internet. Unless you defiantly know that the email is from someone you expected, or the link has something in it you know is safe, avoid it.

Password reset scams

Many people with send you what are called password reset scams. This is where you receive a email saying your password has been reset, due to some reason. 

Did you select to have your password reset? No, you didn't. So you didn't expect to receive this email, therefore avoid it. I often forget my passwords for various sites, and i'm quite happy to click on the website link to say I've forgotten my password and following the on screen instructions to reset my password which normally involves following a link in an email. This email will usually pop through right away into your inbox, so you know its not a scam email. You are expecting that email.


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    • Nymira profile image

      Nymira 5 years ago

      There are a lot of scammers in business-to-business (B2B) e-Commerce websites like DHGATE and Alibaba.

    • Vincent.Lee profile image

      Vincent.Lee 7 years ago from United Kingdom, London

      But where do you draw the line? What if one of those scams are genuinely sincere about your future success in whatever godforsaken program they propose?