Despite all of the anti-virus, anti-malware software that we put on our connected devices, the best spotter of scams online is a human user. Yes that means you me and everybody else who use the Internet. You have to be vigilant that nothing can slip through and cause havoc to you, your computer/phone/tablet. So look out for these six tell-tale signs. Get any one and sound the klaxon oan warning bells!
1. Upfront payment is required. If a site will notgive you a clear overview of what it is trying to sell you with some real examples of what you’ll be getting in exchange for your payment, do not send them any money. A reputable product can be sold on its own merits, not on the claims of what that product is without showing you what’s behind the smoke and mirrors.
This is something that many websites do, offering to show you the secrets of making money at home or building a business oor countless other scams or half-baked ideas. The catch is that they don’t actually give you any real indication of how it works or whether it will work at all. Instead, it’s all about trust – they’re essentially confidence tricksters, hoping you’ll trust their claims, except that now they don’t even have to look you in the eye while scamming you.
2. You’re promised a quick route to wealth or to exceptional income. If it was soo easy to make money using this system, then they’d be using this system to make a huge income instead of selling promises to you via email or some dodgy-looking website.
In the real world, it takes a great deal of smartness and/or hard work to accumulate significant wealth or a significant income and even if you have an epic work ethic or intelligence, it’s still going to take years and years. It’s never going to be overnight. It’s never going to appear in a month or two. Those things are myths, designed to sell you on unrealistic dreams and to extract money from your pocket.
3. You just can’t figure out how the person making the offer benefits. If it’s not obvious how the other person involved in this offer makes money, then you need to stay far away from it. Most honest transactions are completely clear in how the other person is going to make money from the arrangement. Perhaps the individual is the seller and you’re the buyer. When situations come up where that arrangement isn’t clear, be very wary. Often, these individuals are making money off you in ways you can’t see, and that means it’s a way he or she doesn’t want you to know about. Perhaps they are getting you to install bad software on your computer, or maybe she’s grooming you for some form identity theft. Whatever it is, avoid it. Only enter into arrangements where it is clear what both sides get out of the deal.
4. You are being pressured. If a product is worthwhile, it doesn’t need pressure tactics to entice you. If someone is pressuring you, such as by stating the offer only lasts for a little while or that you’re somehow foolish for not taking advantage of this, they’re selling you a bad bill of goods.
Don’t waste your money or time on products that can’t be presented to you solely on their own merits. If someone has to introduce pressure tactics that make you feel rushed or make you feel bad about yourself, walk away. They’re telling you that their product doesn’t have enough merit on its own.
5. Popups appear asking you to download a piece of software when the source isn’t 100 percent reputable. Never download software to your computer from anywhere that isn’t completely reputable. Never ever! If it’s not the official website of a software vendor, a software store associated with your model of computer or phone, or a very very trusted third-party vendor like Amazon, don’t download the software.
If something pops up telling you it’s time for a software update, don’t download it by pressing the button. Instead, back up and go to the actual vendor for the software, like Adobe, and get it directly from the source. If you can’t figure out the vendor, then you don’t need the software, no matter how amazing it promises to be.
6. You’re being bombarded by jargon. No matter how amazing the offer seems, if you can’t clearly understand exactly what it is and how it works, back away. If it’s being sold with jargon, back away.
Whenever folks try to dazzle you with words that are unnecessarily complex or unclear, they’re trying to hide something. Any product worth paying attention to can be explained in simple terms. Even complex things can be broken down if the person wants you to understand it. Jargon is only used to confuse people and cause them to make mistakes. Don’t make mistakes. Walk away.
Keep these red flags in your mind when searching online. They will save you lots of money, heartache and trouble.