The word “scammer” conjures images of a disgruntled, frustrated, or downright angry customer, who has lost patience with your company or your product.
While some scammers prey on people who feel entitled to a good price or have been treated unfairly, others aim to take advantage of their victims by promising to repair their product or service or offer a discount.
These scam artists use deception to lure their victims into spending hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars, which they can then use to buy their way out of trouble.
Here are five tips for spotting a scam, and a warning about the consequences of taking advantage of a scam.1.
Know your targets.
When you sign up for a service or make an online purchase, you’re essentially agreeing to buy something for yourself.
If you’re in the process of signing up for an online job, you have already agreed to be paid, so you have nothing to fear from the scammers.
You’re also not required to confirm your identity before you complete your online transaction.
If the scumbag offers you a discount on your online purchase and you accept, he or she has already received payment.
You have no reason to believe he or her isn’t a legitimate company, and it would be hard to imagine a scumbaggle would charge you for a product you didn’t actually need.2.
Even if you know the scum you’re dealing with is legitimate, you should still take steps to make sure you’re aware of the potential for scam.
For instance, it’s always a good idea to always double-check your credit card statements before making a purchase.
In addition, be sure to check your bank statement before making any online purchases.
You might be surprised to find out that scammers can sometimes change the date of your transaction, so double-checking your bank account will help prevent any problems.3.
As mentioned above, scammers may try to trick you into spending money they can’t actually pay for, or may even try to convince you to pay for a fraudulent product.
Always be cautious when it comes to online purchases, and always ask the right questions before making an online payment.
Don’t take money from someone you don’t know, and don’t give them a reason to charge you extra for a purchase you’re not actually making.4.
Avoid the trap of buying a free gift.
If a scammer offers you free merchandise, the best way to avoid getting scammed is to shop elsewhere.
Many scammers will also offer you discounts on their own merchandise, but this doesn’t mean you have to buy anything if you don’ think it’s worth it.
For example, if you buy a pair of shoes that look great on your wedding day, but they aren’t really for you, you can easily get a refund if the scam artist offers you the discount in return for not buying anything.
Similarly, if a scam artist offers to help you find a replacement ring for a broken ring, you may find that the scampers offer to replace it for free, but it’s not necessary to pay more for it.5.
Know the rules.
The scammers’ intentions often aren’t known until you try to purchase the product or services they’re offering.
Even though the scummy is offering you the product for free or at a reduced price, you don;t have to pay extra if you’re sure it’s something you should be willing to pay.
The same is true if the seller is offering to replace your defective ring for free.