The Truth About Where Scams Happen
Scams are more common than ever, and it unfortunately seems like the problem only keeps getting worse. Although you can’t necessarily stop scams from ever happening to you, you can make sure you know a lot about them so they’re less likely to actively impact you.
One of the best things to know about scams is where they take place. How do scammers try and catch you?
-Peer-to-peer websites (dating, classified ads, etc.)
Although you might not think about it, scammers can absolutely exist in person. Whether it’s door-to-door scammers trying to gain access to your home or someone at the grocery store masquerading as a charity fundraiser to get your personal information or money, it’s possible for you to fall victim to these scams every day.
A good way to make sure you don’t fall victim to scams in person is to keep your guard up. The fundraiser you see at the grocery store could absolutely be genuine. But it’s up to you to make sure you’re paying enough attention to identify a genuine one from a fake.
With the internet so close at hand, it’s easy to do a couple of searches and try to see whether a charity or an organization even exists. And you can always ask the individual a couple of clarifying questions just to make sure.
On Peer-to-Peer Sites
If you’re on a website where you share your information with other people, it’s a website that could be ripe for scams. That includes social media sites, classified ads sites, dating sites, and anywhere else where you interact directly with other people. Of course, these can be incredibly useful sites–and many people use them legitimately–but you need to be very aware of scams and other issues from other users.
One of the most important parts of avoiding scams on peer-to-peer sites is respecting the rules of the site. Sites that facilitate buying and selling usually have strict rules meant to keep you safe. For example, eBay requires that you pay through the site, and Craigslist instructs you to never send someone money online.
On other sites, make things easy on yourself with a general rule of thumb: don’t send people money for any reason.
Email is well-known for fueling some of the most prolific scams. That’s largely because scammers can hit a lot of people at once through an email service. Whether it’s the well-known “Nigerian scam” or a lesser-known scam that plays on general tropes, email is an easy way for scammers to hit you and get out.
Many email providers have gotten to the point where they’re able to filter out these types of scams automatically through an educated spam filter. Of course, no electronic filter is perfect. Just stay up-to-date on the different types of scams someone might come after you with. And never, ever send money to someone you don’t know through an unsafe channel.
Through the Phone
Phone scams are some of the most common scams out there. There are plenty of reasons someone might choose to target you through the phone: it’s cheap, and smooth-talking scammers may find it very easy to break through your defenses. That’s why you need an extra level of defense against phone scams.
With PeopleFinders, you can perform a reverse phone lookup on just about any phone number that calls you out of the blue. These scammers might insist they’re from a government agency or in law enforcement. But a simple phone number lookup may show that the number isn’t official at all. When you use PeopleFinders to check unknown phone calls you receive, you can be much more confident that you’re not falling victim to a scam.
It can be hard to avoid scams, especially these days, when they’re more prevalent than ever…and via so many outlets. But you can try to keep yourself safer just by making sure you stay educated. With PeopleFinders, you can do that.
Use PeopleFinders search tools to try and stay educated about people you come across, as well as the identities behind calls you receive. And use the PeopleFinders blog to stay educated about the latest scams, and about what’s happening in the world in general.
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