ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips To Avoid Getting Scammed

Updated on September 22, 2013

Protect Yourself Against Scams

There are so many scams, and such a variety of them, it's hard to keep up. The best way to keep ahead of the game is to educate yourself. Some scams are glaringly obvious, while other more subtle scams may have you questioning if it is legitimate or not. One important rule to remember is, "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is."

There are real estate scams, get rich quick schemes, email scams and may other fraudulent practices to be aware of.

Here are some tips to help you avoid getting scammed.

Never Give Out Your Bank Account or Password Information

Scammers trying to gain your account numbers, user names or password information

There are many ways someone may try to gain your bank account number. Some of the few that come to mind right away are the emails from Paypal and your banking institution.

They may read something like this:

Your Paypal account (or Banking account) has been compromised. Please log in and verify your account information. Follow the link below:


This is called "PHISHING." Phishing is someone attempting (via email) to gather your personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card and bank account numbers, by pretending to be a trusted establishment.

Your financial institution will NEVER email you asking for you to click on a link to verify your password and/or account number....NEVER. Those who click on the link and send their personal information are passing it along to someone who will harvest that those numbers and then have access to your account.

Paypal even asks that if you receive an email such as this, that you report it to them. They ask that you forward the entire email to

This, of course, is not just limited to emails. If anyone calls you on the phone and asks for this information, it's time to hang up.

Two Great Resources to Avoid Being Scammed - How to protect you and your money

I Got Scammed So You Don't Have To!: How to Find Legitimate Work at Home and Random Jobs in a Scamming Economy
I Got Scammed So You Don't Have To!: How to Find Legitimate Work at Home and Random Jobs in a Scamming Economy
What a great resource for sorting through the legitimate online/work from home businesses and the fraudulent ones that will scam you from your money.
Omg, Click Here to Get Scammed! What Cyber Criminals Don't Want You to Know
Omg, Click Here to Get Scammed! What Cyber Criminals Don't Want You to Know
This is a great, easy to read book explaining the things to look out for when surfing the web and recognizing fraudulent email practices.

Online Employment Payroll Checks & Secret Shopper Scam - Devastating Scam Cheating People out of Thousands of Dollars

These two videos show how many, in these times of this poor economy, are being robbed blind. Even though these business checks look legitimate and banks actually ACCEPT them as real checks, once they bounce, the account holder is responsible.

Tips to Remember

  1. Do not give our your social security number
  2. Do not give out your driver's license number
  3. Do not give out your bank account number
  4. Do not give out user names or passwords


Content is © 2012 and beyond Appollonia.

Please do not copy or reproduce without written permission.

If you'd like the information here available on your site, please link back to Squidoo using this link:

Thank you.

Do you have any advice or tips to share to help people avoid getting scammed? Feel free to write them below. If not, be sure to leave a note and let me know you've been here. Thanks.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)