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  1. A lot of helpful information on that article. I did not know there are countries that are red flags.

    I think I have seen many guys from these countries on Twitter and Facebook.

    This fact makes me unsure about these sites. Do you think that Google, Facebook, Twitter and other huge sites, do they protect us from scammers?

    Is it possible Google drive me to a scam site after a simple search? Can I find a scammer on a Facebook page?

    • Hi Ilias,

      It is true, some countries are more dangerous for many reasons. Poverty and corrupt governments and police are just a few. You very likely have seen some of these people reported as scammers. We all think that we are safe, but don’t be fooled. look at the latest reports of Russian interference on Facebook in our elections. Businesses and government can only do so much, we have to always have our guard up. I don’t believe google would drive you to a scammer, but the scammer could lure you to his site based upon your searches. I would think it is very possible to find a scammer on Facebook. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment!

      Chas

  2. Hey Chas:

    Your points are well-taken. Just because the tricksters come at you out of a computer screen doesn’t make the tricks any less transparent. Awareness and paying attention with a big helping of HUH? certainly does help as you move through the Internet landscape.

    It bears repeating: If it’s too good to be true, it very likely is not.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Netta,

      Exactly, always be suspicious and on guard, just as you would be in real life. You are not any safer online. People are very cleaver, and the scammers will always be trying to get your money. Beware always.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Chas

  3. Hi there. Many thanks for these tips. Yes if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably not real.

    The Botswana email really cracked me up. It seems the bank governor doesn’t have a shred of integrity (assuming that the email is true lol).

    But what’s surprising is no matter how ridiculous these scams are, there are still people that get scammed… I think what’s your are doing to unmask these scams is a good effort to educate those people out there.

    Keep up the good work buddy!

    • Hi Isaac,

      Exactly, and people should know better! But, every year thousands of people fall for this. I am hoping that if people read it often enough, they will learn not to fall for them. Thanks for the encouragement, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

      Chas

  4. Excellent post – in an age where humanity seems to have such a serious problem with pornographic material, violence, celebrities and generally researching not nice things on the internet – the information you provide here is vital for people to get to grips with.

    I always have a rule personally where the “sweeter” the website looks the less i trust it, the more flashing noise, promises and sensationalism i see, the less i trust it.

    Your right about the Nigerian 419 scam too, anyway keep up the great work!

    • Hi Marley,

      I think people assume too much security when the search the web, and really should think about it. I agree with you, once I see all the bells and whistles I get nervous and leave. Countries around the world do not have the same laws we have here in the U.S. and fraud is more prevalent.

      Thanks for your kind words, and taking the time to comment.

      Chas

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