It goes without saying that the internet is a revolutionary invention that people all over the world use. After all, it allows you to access so much right at your finger tips. As well, you can do many things on the internet, such as shop, send emails, pay your bills, and so many more activities that are too numerous to name. Having the internet can make your life much easier and more convenient. Sadly, as great as the internet is, it also has a major downside that can result in some serious consequences. The internet gives people more opportunities to scam others. Some of these scams are worthy of a felony conviction; however, it is often difficult to locate and punish the culprits because the scam are committed at a distance through the internet. The best way to avoid an internet scam is to know what an internet scam involves.
Here are some popular internet scams to watch out for;
Shopping on the internet is very popular; after all, you have access to so many more items that you normally do not have access to within your immediate community. However, scammers are aware of this as well. Scammers pretend to sell a product for an inexpensive amount of money in order to steal your credit card or bank account information. Sometimes, they take your money and send you an item that is defective or worthless. Other times, they do not send anything at all. There are some warning signs to look for, such as an item that has an unbelievably low price. As well, if a seller wants you to pay for an item by a wire service or electronic funds transfer then it is most likely a scam. The best way to avoid internet shopping scams is to deal with reputable companies.
Sometimes, internet scammers try to get you attention with rewards. Some scammers pose as an organization that wants to give you a financial reward for winning its sweepstake or a similar type of contest. At one point or another, they will want you to provide your address and bank account information. On the other hand, they may tell you that in order to collect your money, you have to pay taxes on it first. Either way it goes, this is a big scam. You can protect yourself from this scam by not providing personal or financial information to any organization that you are not familiar with. As well, you should never send any money or pay any fee in order to claim a reward.
Job offers can be scams as well
It goes without saying that the job market is tough. Many people are out of work and are looking for employment; unfortunately, internet scammers prey on these people. If you are searching for jobs on the internet then chances are you have run across ads that offer work-from-home jobs. Unfortunately, the majority of these job ads do not offer legitimate job opportunities. At one point or another, you will likely be asked to provide your bank account information in order to receive payments.
On the other hand, some work-at-home scams may ask you to buy a start-up kit in order to do the job. However, when you pay for the kit, you will either receive instructions on how to con other people into joining the same scam or nothing at all. You should be suspicious if a job ad claims that you can make a large sum of money with very little effort. Also, if a job wants you to pay a registration fee or something similar then it is a scam. Before you make any kind of commitment, do some research on the company offering the job. You may some find information about the company on the internet, as well as reviews from people who have dealt with the company. Doing that may give you all the information you need to know.
Some internet scams are more hi-tech
Some internet scammers are very sophisticated; they use software programs in order to carry out their scams. Internet spyware scams involve scammers installing malware (malicious software) on your computer without your knowledge. The programs that are installed on your computer spy on your computer activity. They record the files that you use, the websites that you visit, and the details that you store on your computer. Some spyware such as key-loggers even record the keys that you type; this means that they record your usernames and passwords for the websites that you use.
There is even some malware that will present itself as legitimate antivirus software; it will tell you that your computer is infected with a virus or malware. In order to remove the infectious file, you have to pay to download the full version of the antivirus software. However, the software that is telling you that you have a computer infection is actually the one causing the infection. To prevent yourself from becoming a victim of an internet spyware scam, you can install software on your computer that can protect it from unwanted software and viruses. Also, make sure you scan the programs that you download to your computer in order to make sure that they do not contain malware or viruses.
When all is said and done, the internet is such as wonderful invention that has truly changed the world. For better or worse, it is difficult to image a world without it. However, there are so many scams on the internet. They can be very clever and sophisticated; this can make them even more difficult to avoid. Nevertheless, the more that you know about internet scams, the better you can avoid them. Do not let yourself become a victim of an internet scam. Always keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. On the other hand, do not be afraid to enjoy the benefits of the internet. After all, it has so much more to offer than just scammers who deserve a felony conviction. However, make sure that you are informed about internet scams.