How to avoid scammers?
Most people are getting scammed everyday. Unfortunately, the fast-growing technology also boosts scammers network to do all kind of tactics to scam people online. Protect yourself from scammers is a challenging task. But if you have learned scammers tactics, then stay clear of scammers is possible. Beware of most of scamming tactics is very important.
In this post, I have detailed ten easy steps to avoid scammers.
1. Never open suspicious Email
If you have received a suspicious email in your inbox. Never open any attachment files, also avoid clicking any link to confirm your information. Attachment may contain malware or spyware. Links in the email can lead to you a fake scammer’s website in order to get hold of your information.
2. Never respond to scam email
Scammers may expect your email reply to make sure your email address is active. Do not let the scammer know you are active in the email. If you ignore scam email for the longer time, scammer stops sending you any spam email.
3. Never hurry to accept the offer.
If a product or service is too good to be true, then take the time to research online. Scammers make you act fast before you have time to think or discuss with friends or family. It is not a smart move to make a significant financial decision without having time to think.
4. Beware of free trial offers
Most of the company wants you to sign up for a free trial for free products they offer. Carefully read the cancellation rules before signing up. Find out which communication method is available for cancellation. Some free trials are difficult to cancel. Check your monthly statement for any unexpected charges.
5. Beware of sending money
Avoid sending money to unknown people using western union or money gram services. Always deal with the trusted payment method. You can use PayPal or credit card for online purchases which give you payment protection.
6. Check details online
If you have received a call from an unknown number never give your personal information. Check your caller number using “who called me” website. Check for people comments to see others reported this number as a scam. You can avoid scammers by doing so.
7. Never grant Remote Access your computer
Scammers may ask you to turn on your computer to fix a malware or virus problems. Never respond to this type of calls. Scammers will steal your computer data and passwords if you let remote access.
8. Create a strong password
Create an unbreakable strong password for all your online accounts. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. A good practice is to change the password regularly.
9. Received a call from the bank? Call back to confirm
Scammers may call you pretending as a bank manager. Ask their name and call back to your bank branch number for verification. Never calls the number the scammer give you over the phone. It is good to call your bank and inform them before you provide any details over the phone.
10. Look for impersonal greeting in emails
Most trusted companies greet their customers with their names. If you receive an email without the name, only with greeting such as Dear Sir/Madam or Dear Valued customer, then it should be a scam email.
Probably scammers do not know your name trying to get your information. It is safe to ignore email with impersonal greetings.