Protect yourself from scams

Have you heard about the word “scam” and “scammers”? Scam is popular these days especially in the business world. Scammers, or the people behind this crime, are the ones who create strategies on how they can get easy money from you. And as people become more aware about security and scam prevention, unfortunately scammers are constantly finding new ways to steal your money.

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They best way to avoid scams is awareness. If you know how these scammers work and how to look for whether something is a scam or legit, you are less likely to become one of the many victims of these crime.

One basic hint to keep in mind on determining whether something is a scam is when someone contacted you unexpectedly. Most scams start with an approach through a message or call you weren’t expecting. If someone contacts you out of the blue – whether over the social media, through the post, by email, on a website, in person or on phone – always consider the possibility that it may be a scam.

Another thing to keep in mind is that most scams promise their victims something. They promise things like easy money, great bargains, inside knowledge or a caring relationship. Once they’ve got your attention and interest to what they offered, they will eventually lead to a request for money or personal information. Scammers ask you to do things like enter details on a website, answer questions in a survey, or pay upfront for what they have promised.

Nowadays, the most common scams are done online. Unfortunately, because anyone can access the web, it’s not just nice people who you will encounter online. Criminals take advantage of the internet to trick you into giving over confidential information so that they can steal from you. It is an unfortunate reality, so it is really practical to be on your guard all the time and avoid sharing confidential, private information when online.

Continue reading at: https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/scams/avoiding-scams