How To Prevent Online Scams!

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Preventing Online Scams is something that everyone dealing with online activities need to be aware of and especially when trying to have an online presence.

This article will help you with how to recognize and where to go when dealing with scams.

I will also have a growing list of opportunities for making money online that gives the point of view from many other people that have tried and discovered whether they believe the company rates as a scam or not.


What To Do
What Not To Do
Report Online Scams
Where To read more


What To Do


Know whom you are handling.

With web phone services and other web-based innovations, it is hard to inform where somebody is calling from when he or she contact you. It is just a great offer if you, in fact, get an item that works.

Speak to your medical professional before purchasing health items or treatments.

Otherwise, things you end up with may be phony, ended, or mislabeled– in brief, items that might be unsafe to your health. Discover more about purchasing health items online.

Provide money to developed charities after a catastrophe.

In the after-effects of a catastrophe, contribute to recognized charities, instead of one that has emerged overnight. Pop-up charities most likely do not have the facilities to obtain, assist to the impacted locations or individuals, and they might be gathering the cash to fund prohibited activity. For more contributing suggestions, take a look at


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What Not To Do


Do not send out cash to somebody new to you.

Deal with companies and websites you understand and trust. If you purchase products through an online auction, think about utilizing a choice that supplies security, like a charge card.

Never pay fees now for the guarantee of a huge payoff later on– whether it is for a loan, a task, or a so-called reward.


Do not play a foreign lotto.

Foreign lotteries are illegal. If you send out cash to make a claim for any fees they say you need to do to receive your money, you have not won anything. You have lost whatever money you sent out. You will not get any cash back, either, regardless of the guarantees.


Do not consent to transfer a check and wire cash back.

No matter how persuading the story. By law, banks need to make funds from transferred checks readily available within days, however discovering a phony check can take weeks. You are accountable for the checks you deposit: If a check ends up being a phony, you are liable for repaying the bank.


Read your month-to-month statements.

Fraudsters take your information and after, add charges or dedicate criminal offenses in your name. Unethical merchants charge you for month-to-month “subscription fees” and other products or services without your permission. If you see charges, you do not acknowledge or didn’t request, call your bank, card company, or other lenders right away.


Understand that electronic wiring cash is like sending out money.

Scam artist usually insists that individuals wire cash, specifically overseas, since it is almost difficult to reverse the deal or trace the money. Do not wire money to complete strangers, to sellers who demand wire transfers for payment, or to anybody who asserts to be a relative or household good friend in an emergency situation who wishes to keep the demand a secret.

They typically integrate advanced innovation with older techniques to get individuals to send out cash or offer out personal details. Lots of fraudsters firmly insist that you wire them money, or pressure you to make an emotional choice on the subject they are seeking on receiving money for.


Do not respond to messages requesting individual or monetary details.

That goes whether the message comes as an e-mail, a phone call, a text message, or an advertisement. If you receive messages like this, and you are worried about your account status, call the number on your credit or debit card– or your statement– and look into it.

If you believe you have discovered a bargain, however, you are not acquainted with the business, do some research study. Type the company or item name into your preferred internet search engine with terms like “evaluation, grievance, scam” or “rip-off.” See what turns up– on the very first page of outcomes along with on the later pages.


When investing, keep in mind there’s no certainty.

If somebody contacts you with low-risk, high-return financial investment chances, walk away. When you hear about pitches that insist you act now, that claim huge earnings, pledge little or no monetary threat, or that require you to send out money right away, report them at


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Report Online Scams

“If you think you may have been scammed:

  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If you are outside the U.S., file a complaint Complaints are entered into the Consumer Sentinel Network, an online database used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Visit, where you’ll find out how to minimize your risk of identity theft.
  • Report scams to your state Attorney General.

If you get unsolicited email offers or spam, send the messages to

If you get what looks like lottery material from a foreign country through the postal mail, give it to your local postmaster.

Where to Learn More

U.S. Federal Trade Commission — The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or get free information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. Watch a video, How to File a Complaint, at to learn more. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center – IC3 was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints and to further research, develop, and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate.

U.S. Department of State — The Department of State’s mission is to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community. As part of that mission, the Department of State seeks to minimize the impact of international crime, including cross-border internet scams, on the United States and its citizens. To get free information, visit”



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Syed Suhail Ahmed

June 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

This is certainly an informative post and very important for people running their businesses through their websites.
Thank you for the information on what things are not supposed to be done and what a person can do to report online scams.

Also, what do you think is the best way to stay away from online scams?



    June 14, 2016 at 1:16 am

    One of the biggest rules of thumb to avoid online scams is to stir clear of any opportunities telling you how easy it is to make loads of money with very little effort. It takes time and hard work for most and money will determine how long and how hard you may have to work.

    Always check out the free trial periods before purchasing and it doesn’t hurt to research companies that have no free or trial periods. Check out the question and answer areas and talk with the community to get a feel for how things are.


June 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Hi Travis,

Thanks for this!

There are some great practical and very easy steps to follow there when it comes to avoiding scams online. I must admit I usually do my own research on charities etc. However I wasn’t aware there were websites you can access to check a charities legitimacy so I’ll definitely be doing that in future!


    June 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    With all the advancements in the world these days for the Internet, I find it is always good to stay on top of different issues just in case you need extra information.

    Checking with government sites can give some excellent information about things happening or at least were to find the sites that provide the information you may be looking to find on issues you want to address.


July 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Your is doing a great job of helping to keep people safe from fraudsters that are preying on people. Trust me they are really good at getting you to give out money. I even got caught up in scam at one point. This site gives valuable information on how to keep yourself safe online.


    July 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Hi, Ron and as you mentioned the scammers are pretty good at finding ways to take anybody’s money. For most of them, they do not care who you are if you have money they want it no matter what kind of position it may put you in. Just as there are thousands of ways to do things legit so will scammers find the means to rip people off.

    Only by making lists and having resources around for people to be able to check through will they be able to know for sure who are definite scammers and who is legit.

    When in doubt research and check them out before purchasing anything or giving any information. Always best to play it safe and find out if who you’re dealing with is somebody that can be trusted.


July 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Nice and informative! I like how you are promoting wealthy affiliate. I love the program so far and it is definitely not a scam. What other programs are there and which ones should I avoid? Is wealthy affiliate the number one program? There are a lot of topics on this webpage that i have learned about.


    July 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

    As time moves forward, I will keep adding to the list of sites to avoid. There are a lot of scams or sites not set up for people looking to have a proper opportunity to get ahead. A lot of sites are just out to take your money with no cares to whether you get to accomplish your goals and being with Wealthy Affiliate will also help you with achieving your goals.

    Wealthy Affiliate is known to be one of the best sites by many, and you will find their website builder and ongoing training to keep you up to date with being successful. Most providers offer the first stage of building a site but leave you there to figure out the rest.

    Some people like to deal with many different sites, but this will usually cost you far more money than just having one place like Wealthy Affiliate that gives you the full package.


September 8, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Hi Travis

Very Nice blog post on how to avoid scams. I have been a victim of online scammers, and this is a great post on how to avoid them.I see a lot of scams where they are now calling people on there cell phones or home phones, trying to get your information or get you to send money. But I have learned that they are all scams and should avoid giving them any type of information and report them to the police.


    September 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    It’s a sad thing that we have to deal with so many scammers these days. For most of them if they put the same energy into doing something legit or proper they would make more money and have a better life but they just seem to think ripping people off is the way to go.

    Hopefully some day there will be better ways to deal with scammers and methods to help eliminate them better. Until then we just need to be aware of their presence and keep on guard to what their latest tactics are so we can all stay clear of them.


January 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Hi Travis,

Thank you for this information. I’ve been scammed before online and I am more cautious about this now. Not only do you need to be careful with frauds online but also on your emails, cell and home phones, as well as regular mail. I’ve been receiving scam letters and emails very often lately.

It becomes very frustrating when these scammers try to make their way through to you somehow.

You’ve provided so much information here to protect ourselves from frauds.

Again, thank you for sharing this.


    January 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Rosa, it’s to bad that the few, make it so bad for the many that try to earn an honest living. If they spent half the energy doing what is right rather than trying to scam people out of their money, they would find they would make money the honest way without trying to rip everybody off the way they do.

    The problem is the scammers will not stop so we need to get the word out every time they start something up so it can be shut down before others get scammed.


March 16, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Hi Travis,
With the growing percentage of unscrupulous people in the world, made even more so through a level of anonymity offered by the Internet, everyone has to be careful about being the victims of scams.

You gave such great advice regarding so many facets that encompassed so much more besides just online business opportunities.

Dealing with call coming on one’s smart phone, I know that I personally have chosen to add an App to my mobile device that blocks all calls not on my contacts or white list. This includes all private calls being automatically blocked, (which for me happened less than 10 minutes ago). Otherwise what amounts to robo/scam incoming phone calls from deviants trying to contact you a dozen times per day are truly infuriating.

You are also correct in offering advice against anyone donating money to some start-up charity as chances are they would be bogus.

Research being performed by everyone in today’s internet world is absolutely needed before committing to anything. That includes opening emails from people who you don’t know, adding a layer of security to your bank accounts now offered by most recognized and respectable online banks, not paying for items using personal debit/credit cards where the site does not have the secure and encrypted https:// prefix and etc.

Great article Travis and I know readers will definitely benefit by paying close attention regarding all the different types of scam ideals that you addressed.



    March 17, 2017 at 12:38 am

    It is true that there are many scammers online etc. and they are only growing in numbers. So the best thing we can do is to be extremely careful of any information we may consider putting out there. Research and check into anything requiring funds to be fully checked out first before paying or giving out any credit cards.

    Anything that people have that is legit has no problem with you verifying that fact and if they do then just walk away. There are always deals and opportunities today and the next day, no need to rush. In fact, if somebody is giving you the spiel about hurrying up before it is too late, then walk away. There is always something around the corner so you can take the time you need to make sure it is right for you. After all most scams are done by time pressure and urgency so take your time and most scammers will leave you alone. As for the rest of them, they will be diffused once you do proper research.

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