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How Not to Get Scammed [ 7 Easy Amazing Ways With Pictures]

How to Protect Yourself From Scammers

You are now 30 times more likely to be robbed while at your computer by a criminal based overseas than when held up in the street, new figures have revealed.

 The rapid increase in the internet scam saw almost 6.5 million scams committed last year, which implies that one in ten adults in the population fell victim. 

Fraud has become almost the most common crime in the whole world with people ten times more likely to become a victim that they are to suffer a theft. 

As opposed to traditional crimes, those who fall prey to internet scam are drawn from all professions, from different ages, from diverse social status, and from all parts of the world. What this simply implies is that no one who uses a computer regularly can feel secure.

 tokoHow has made it a point of duty this year, 2016 to educate people on this issue that have lead to loss of one's life savings and even one's life. The video that inspired this article is below. You will definitely cry at the end. It is a MUST WATCH, so don't skip it!

 It is going to be an exciting and insightful tour. Let's dive right in!

1. Don't Take the Bait:

Unbelievable Scam Offers

Mouth watering offers have become an unarguable characteristic of scammers. They will promise high returns on a comparably small investment.

The most important rule of thumb is not to believe it when it looks unbelievable. However, if you got an email from an agency or company that you think might be real, do a thorough check on them before diving into the business. 

Hey, don't just lay on your sofa, cross your arms and place your legs atop the table and say to yourself "Wow, what an awesome agency!" Do more! Ask more! Otherwise you lose.

And listen, I want to give a very important mention to a very important tip, 81% of most scammers claim to be a profitable business agency instead of an individual.
 And they have professional looking websites that will make you to say wow without your knowing it.

So, what are the researches that you can do? What are the questions that you can ask? Not just any questions, the right ones. Listed numerically below are sample researches that you can do and questions that you can search to verify the authenticity of the adoption agency or the motherless babies home.

1. Check out their website.

Check Wether the Website Is a Scam

Things that you can look out for on their website include but not limited to their
•about page
•the date that it was founded, the location of the business
•the profiles of the founder(s)
•the testimonies of past clients and any endorsements by authorities and/or associations.

So, what if someone doesn't find most of the information above on the website. Well, I guess the answer is obvious. Something smells fishy.
 And what if one finds all the information and more on the site? If that is the case, hop on to the next step.

2. Verify the information that you have gathered about that agency or home with a third party.

Verify the Information to Avoid Scam

The third party could be anyone close to you and businesses trusted by you. They could range from friends and family to business directories.

If you collected some contact information about the agency whether it is an email address or a phone number, you can do a reverse look up on them to find out more about them.

 Look at the facebook profiles of the founders to verify their authenticity. So, if you check facebook, and the founders who had a good looking website for the agency had no profiles there, then it's high time you turn on your guard because it is probably a scam.

You should embark on the same course of action when you you find out that they do actually have a facebook profile but with very limited pictures and posts. Also, if you are smart enough, you might observe that the facebook profile is newly created.

3. Look Out For Red Flags:

Signs of scams

Red flags will be the result of all the checks that you have performed if it is a scam.

 The most common types of red flags include complete absence or shallow information on the founders of the agency both on their website and the whole world wide web and constant request for money even if it is for a little amount of money.

Another bad sign that you are about to fall into an adoption scam is if check out the location of the motherless babies home, it would turn out to be fake. Yes, the address can be real, but the office or the building would not be theirs.

2. Don't Make a Transaction With a Complete Stranger:

Avoid Strangers to avoid scams. 

Now, this might sound so out of place especially as we are in the era of online shopping. But that is the whole point of the issue.
Most scams take the form of online shopping only to steal your credit card information or charge you more than they stated. That doubt, that you are having about that business that you just discovered online is not nonsensical. Act on it.

Do some researches about the individual or the business agency to learn more about them. Try to find out also about what people is saying about them. And lastly, shop only on popular and trusted online stores.

3. Protect Your Personal Information Carefully :

Protect Your Personal Information 

Targeted scams always begin with the digging for the victim's personal information. So, if it is left open for the whole world to see, then that might be the beginning of the story of how you lost a very large amount of money.

And even if they don't take your money, they will steal your identity and use it to create fake profiles.

 According to SEC, 90% of these victims who have suffered from identify theft, do not realize it till after 8 years. And when they find out, the scammer must have landed the person in enough trouble that they will have a serious problem trying to prove exactly who they are to the security authorities.

To keep your personal details safe, make sure that you shred or destroy all documents concerning you before throwing them away.

4. Don't Get Involved with Investment Scams:

Affinity investment scams are frauds that target members of the same country, state, religion, association or any other identifiable group by offering investments that return large amounts of money.


Question: "Since they are paying large amounts of money on investing a lesser amount, what could go wrong? " 

Answer: Everything 

Question: Everything? What do you mean?

 Answer: Just like every scam, PONZI schemes are fake too.
Make no mistake about that. And since they are fake and they are targeting a large number of individuals in a group.

They will not be able to scam other members of that group or country if their first victims give a bad report of the investment.

 So, this is what they do, they will ensure that the first set of people to invest their money will get up to 40% in return and promise them more if only they could inform their friends and family or other members of the group. Out of excitement, that person will do just that.

Plus, he would invest for the second time and this time, with a larger amount of money. Come to think of it, it's like discovering a money spinning machine! What sane man would not want to invest every single penny that he has and borrow more if he can, it doesn't matter, the money is going to be doubled anyway.

 And then the bad stuff happens, the scheme shuts down, the fraudster vanishes. And the man who would be a billionaire becomes a church mouse. Life savings, gone. Borrowed money, gone.

 Don't worry, it doesn't just close like that but it does like that if the group targeted is small.
If it is the whole country, it might take longer. Maybe a year and half or less.

In all, the fraudster closes shop when he says "Oh, look at that pile of money at the floor".

 Contrary to what I said at the beginning of this paragraph, you should actually worry!

5. Ensure that the Security of Your Phone and Computer System is Topnotch :

If you are afraid that you might be scammed, then it is advisable that you safeguard your devices. Why? It is simple.

Once, your device's security is tampered with, you are done for. This is as result of a new technology that scammers use to monitor your key strokes and they can even use it to control your phone from their location.

So, how can an average Joe avoid falling prey to this evil ploy?
To steer clear from this trap, steer clear from clicking links that seem fishy such as links with hidden URLs or URLs found in odd locations like emails.
You can as well stop visiting potentially harmful websites or downloading softwares and mobile apps from just any source.
Another very good advice is to ban yourself from using public connections like Wi-Fi.

6. Choose A Hard-to-guess Password:

The online realm is ruled by passwords. That implies that if someone else manages to decipher your password, you become a done deal.

Protect yourself from becoming an instant church mouse by choosing secure passwords that neither man nor one stupid software can decide.

And the rule of thumb when making this types of password is using combination of characters.
 That having been said, it is worth mentioning that you should not share your password with anyone under any circumstance.
And ensure that your password for each account clearly differs.

7. Don't Think You are Stupid; Speak Out:

If you were a victim, you are not alone. Nor are you stupid – many intelligent people, often successful in business, have been conned.

Tell everyone you know about the scam and save others from the clutches of the fraudsters.

Instead of locking yourself up in your room to mourn for your wealth, you can report to the security authorities, file a fraud victim alert with the credit bureau, notify your bank and update your computer's security.

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