The age old saying “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is” still applies today. No matter how sneaky fraudsters try to be, by keeping this in mind, you stand a better chance of warding off the bad guys. The best things in life may be free, but when you are asked for your credit card or personal information, it’s best to just leave it be. Beyond trusting your best instincts:
- Review all fine print and terms and conditions before making a purchase.
- Conduct open source searches to see if anybody has suggested the offer is a scam.
- Beware of paid advertisements online. Paid banner ads are not always affiliated with the website you are viewing.
- Prior to sending any funds or product, contact the person who requested the transfer in person or by telephone to confirm that the request is legitimate.
- Beware of unusual or irregular email requests.
- Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails.
- Review credit card statements regularly for unauthorized charges.
- And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.