To unmask scams using street smarts is using common sense to avoid becoming a victim. Training yourself to be aware by using your street smarts, can play a big role in how well you avoid a scam.The scammers try the sneakiest ways they can find to trick you. Not surprisingly, it is becoming more and more difficult to sort out the real from the fake. Being aware and using common sense is a way to unmask scams.
Unmask Scams Using Street Smarts And Stay Safe
To keep yourself safe and avoid getting mugged, you would avoid areas that have poor lighting and are located in the wrong sections of town. The same hold true on the internet. If you are searching online you want to look for safe areas to search. Always beware of sites that are not as safe.Some security software will warn you if you are about to enter unsafe sites that could compromise your computer.
The web is a great source of information, and entertainment. But, when you are on the web you have to remember that your computer is being analyzed constantly. Every move you make is being recorded to use in
marketing products that you search for, or shop for. You must be careful.
Sites use software to track your every keystroke. When you visit the sites that are sleazy, they will be using their sleaze to try to get your business.
The time spent gazing is time used to fill up your computer with cookies and sometimes much worse, adware and malware.
Always Use Good Security Software To Unmask Scams
Be sure you are using good quality anti viral, anti-malware protection. Use a modem to keep you behind a natural firewall. They do a great job of filtering out quite a bit of the nasty stuff out there.
Always be suspicious of everything you are looking at. Hooking your computer directly to the cable is giving a direct route into your computer. That is never a good idea. Never browse the internet without good security software installed in your computer.
Free Products Do Not Always Offer Good Scam Protection
You can expect a free product, or trial sample to be limited in size or amount.A free sample allows for people to use it and see what they think! Why would free software be as effective as premium software you purchase? It isn’t. I learned my lesson the hard way after getting my computer compromised by malware.
Now, don’t get me wrong, you can get some pretty good virus protection on a free trial, and be just fine.It is always better to have some protection, than to have none at all. But, why do that for any length of time? We spend good money on our computers, and we should protect our investment well.
Using Street Smarts In You Emails
Emails are another area that you must be suspicious. Each year thousands of email scams ask people for money in many ways that are illegal. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Why would someone give you millions of dollars for anything? Don’t believe the “moving funds traps” that appear constantly.
Someone needing help to transfer funds is a scam. Anyone who moves funds does it directly through the bank. Don’t believe the weasel words of a claimed disability.
Or a reason they will be out of the country and unable to transact the transfer. They prey on you by saying they need your help. It is all a ploy to get your money.
An example scam I opened in my mailbox a few days ago
This Scam Uses Religion And Gods Work To Persuade And Gain Trust
This is clearly an illegal scam to try to defraud the Botswana government. If it were real, and you fell for it, you could end up in jail. The bad English, and outrageous sum of 10 million 500 thousand dollars??? A result of an over-invoiced contract?