18 comments on “Do You Know A Scam When You See One?

  • Hey Mitch – due diligence is the word lol. We are so much surrounded by fraudulent things that we have to be very careful and certainly not believe in everything we see.

    Thanks for the tips – especially I like this one – if it doesn’t really say anything, its a scam. So true!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Jane.
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    • Thanks for commenting Jane. I think by now most people know they haven’t been left millions of dollars by an unnamed relative they didn’t know they had, but I still hear about people who fall for stuff like this. I hope this helps some of them.

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  • Oh my gosh Mitch,

    I just got one of those pink letters in the snail mail that caught my attention. Without due diligence, I really could have fallen for this one. It was done so well that it looked like an “overdue” statement….until I looked at the tiny address at the bottom. Boom….Scam!

    It happens online so much it is more of a commonplace. We have to keep our peepers open and not get caught up in the moment especially online with all the bells ad whistles still going on.

    Thanks for this one!

    -Donna
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    • No problem Donna. True, some of those letters can look like the real thing but there’s always a “tell” that lets folks know it’s a fake. I know these people prey on the elderly most of the time, which is why we need to be vigilant on their behalf especially.

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  • Hey Mitch,

    Been into this internet life from last 7 years. I do confirm that I know it’s a scam when I see one.

    Scam emails are all over the inboxes these days and there is always someone who become a victim of that scam.

    I personally knew some of the victims of these scams.

    I used to get many comments on my blog with one strange unreadable link which redirects to one Common website. That site is based on one strong niche “earn money from home”.

    That 4 words can lure many visitors.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Mitch.

    ~Alok

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    • I know what you mean Alok. It still surprises me when I learn that people even clicked on those links; luckily I haven’t personally known anyone who’s fallen for something, but I’ve heard stories. All of us need to treat a lot of these things with skepticism; it’ll save a lot of grief on the back end.

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  • suraj kumar says:

    Yes, I have seen a lot of scams online and frauds that have happened over the past few years.But every person at this present era contains a mobile a high-speed internet they would first check out for all the things whether it is fraud or not.Anyways thanks for writing such an informative article.

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    • You’re kind of correct. Most people have access to high speed internet but fewer people than you might believe actually know how to use it… and I don’t even mean older people. I’m always amazed at how few younger people have computer skills when I’ve had to interview them. The percentage of people who fall for scams like I mentioned is estimated to be around 22%; that’s a fairly high number. It’s estimated to be even higher via email because so many people click on links that either take them to scary places or drop viruses and such on their computers.

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    • I didn’t think about phone scams when I wrote this since, well, I didn’t have a letter like I did with the other two. lol You’re right though, many people are fooled by those as well. I don’t answer the phone if I don’t know the number, plus I use a service that blocks robocalls.

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  • It can get pretty hard to tell these days. I like your four quick tips, definitely something I’ll be walking away with.

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  • Interesting and informative article..In my opinion, Everyone is vulnerable to scams so everyone needs information about how to identify them and avoid being scammed. Scrammers are cleaver and if you don’t know what to look out for, anyone can fall victim to scam. Kind Regards Daniels

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