Scam and Spam Dirty Liar
There are hundreds of scummy liars gathered in a room with their laptops flipped open waiting for you to play the already lost game. That's right! all across the globe these people, known as scammers are planning their next tricky email, phone call, check or any other type of spam to get the money you so hard worked for. Spams and scams are becoming more and more popular by the day, this is why it is important to recognize spams and scams and report them. There are a variety of tricks and different types of spams these people use. Email is becoming one of the most usable ways for them to get to you, sending you emails from 'someone close to you,' using authentic bank logos to represent a bank institution, using a flight airline's name and email address, and even misrepresenting government executives by using their names.
A new scam in the list is the DEA drug scam that a Hollywood producer almost fell for in September 2011. A fake DEA agent left a message on the producer's cellphone saying he needed to speak with him immediately in regards to drug charges against him. The producer apparently had bought the prescribed drug - Xanax online five years ago, through a website established in the Dominican Republic. The producer called his lawyer to investigate on the alleged agent. The "agent" told the lawyer the only way they judge could dismiss his case was by paying a large amount of money. This sounded fishy. The lawyer recorded the next call and gave evidence to the DEA to look into these scams. TMZ reports the DEA has received several phone calls regarding these types of scams.
How do Scammers get your Information?
Scammers may get hold of your information through many ways. Advertising on the internet is a great way for these people to get your name, email, phone number, and even home address. Be cautious when posting your information on websites you do not trust or advertising your work or product online. Craigslist, the popular domain used by millions across the world is an easy way for scammers to get your information. They can pretend to be interested in your product and reply to the anonymous email shown on your post. You as a great business man will reply back to their inquiry with your real professional email. Boom! Your email is now known to a huge group of people trying to make a shady deal. Another way they can obtain your information is by getting it from sweepstakes or contests you have entered in the hope of winning a nice prize such as a car, a vacation or a TV.
Types of Scams
According to the U.S. Government website there are six types of scams you should protect yourself against. These include e-mail scams, fake check scams, telephone scams, mail fraud, phishing, and smishing and vishing. Each type requires different knowledge and precautions to avoid getting scammed.
General Tips on Scam Protection
Suspicious Emails: Do not open emails from someone you do not recognize. Never click on any links or call any phone numbers presented on these emails. If you get an email from a recognized company, let's say Bank of America, telling you, you have just won a certain amount of money, or that a transaction "you" made went through, it is best to call your bank agent and verify that email with them before taking any further involvement with it. If the company confirms it is a scam and was never sent to you by them, delete it! Do not reply to any of these spam emails or try to unsubscribe.
Telephone Scams: You may already know this but doesn't hurt to repeat it, never give out credit card, bank account or social security numbers over the phone to a company you know nothing about and you do not recognize. Only provide this information if you made the call and you trust the company. Phone numbers beginning with 190 or 19 are known to have a high charge rate so watch out for those tricky ones!
Internet: There are many scam websites across the internet, and to prevent viruses from coming into your system is best to know the ways. Avoid following links you find on spam emails, instead type in the address yourself. Do not process payments through websites you do not trust. Make sure you check the web address carefully before going to the page, scammers try to use similar names for fake websites.
The U.S. Government website provides information on how to report scams to the FTC, and other tools to protect yourself from scammers.
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