LIFESTYLE: How to Avoid Getting Scammed

 Today, there are more ways of getting scammed than ever before. And, unfortunately, the strategies scammers use to get to you and your money are more complex than ever before as well. There are lots of things to think about if you want to make sure you never become a victim of a scammer.

We’re going to talk about that today, so if you’re wondering what more you can do to avoid getting scammed in the future, you’re in the right place. Each of the tips below will help you to stay safe and spot a scam when one comes your way.

If it Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

The first rule to live by when you’re trying to avoid getting scammed online is that if it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is. You’re not going to be presented with a prize for a huge amount of money from a competition or lottery that you didn’t even enter. Don’t fall for people who try to make you feel like you’ve won a prize or that you're going to be given something unexpected. It’s the perfect example of things being too good to be true.

Don’t Click Links from Unverified Sources

It’s important not to click links from sources that you don’t know and trust. This is one of the ways in which you can get caught out by a phishing scam. Those links might take you to links that look legitimate but are actually run by scammers. These scammers often create imitations of websites that you might recognize, such as Amazon, Paypal, or even your bank. They’ll then ask you to enter your details, but all you’ll be doing is sending your details directly to the scammer.

Understand How Scammers Operate

It’s a good idea to do a little research and understand as much as you can about how scammers operate and how they carry out their scams. When you understand the methods behind some of the most common types of scams, you can learn to recognize them far quicker and avoid getting caught out by them. That’s what matters most of all here, so take some time to find out as much as you can. Knowledge is power when it comes to avoid scams.

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Don’t Feel Pressured to Act

It’s important not to feel as if you’re ever under pressure to act because it shouldn’t be that way. When you feel that you’re under pressure to send money or make a purchase, the chances are you’re being scammed. Scammers want you to act fast so you don’t have time to stop and think about what’s going on and how sketchy it all seems. You can save yourself money by slowing down and really thinking about what you’re doing before taking action, so make sure you do that.

Use a Password Manager

Using a password manager is something that more people should do. These are effective because they allow you to create unique passwords for all of the accounts you have online, and they also make it possible for you to store them without having to write them down. It means that you’ll be less likely to have your passwords leaked, and even if that does happen, your passwords across different platforms will each be unique. That makes it impossible for scammers to hack your other accounts.

When You Get a Scam Email, Mark it as Spam

If you receive an email that you know looks a little sketchy and you want to make sure that you don’t get any further emails from that address, you can simply make it as spam. When you do that, your email interface will direct future emails from that same address to the spam folder, meaning they won’t show up in your main inbox. Ideally, you don’t want any spam emails with phishing links to show up in your inbox at all. So if you think it's starting to happen, start making them as spam until the issue is resolved.

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Keep Your Details Private

Your private details should always remain private. That might sound obvious, but it’s worth repeating because so many people are willing to give up their private information when they think they’re talking to someone in a position of authority or someone who they feel should be trusted. That’s why banks always make it clear that they won’t contact you asking for your private information. The only people who will contact you asking for your private and sensitive details are scammers.

Look for Regulated Companies

When choosing companies to work with or buy from, it’s important to choose those that are regulated within their industry. Of course, this depends on the kind of purchase you’re looking to make. But if you’re looking for a company in an industry that does have regulations and trade bodies, be sure to choose one that has the right accreditation and so forth. One example is gambling; the 50 UK betting sites list gives you an idea of which companies are legitimate within the industry.

Be Suspicious When Contacted Out of the Blue

If there’s ever an instance of someone contacting you completely out of the blue, you should remember that there’s a high chance that it’s actually a scam. For example, a computer manufacturer or software company will never call you alerting you to a problem with your computer, especially if you were never aware of there being a problem. Those people are just scammers and they should be ignored. Legit companies won’t contact you for no reason.

As you can see, there are lots of things to keep in mind when trying not to get scammed. It’s unfortunate that we all have to be so alert in order to avoid being scammed, but it’s better to be protected and aware of the risks out there than to fall victim to these scammers who are out to get all of us.

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