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 using street smarts.
Would You Try To Get Mugged?
Of course not! 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.
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
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 are not High Quality
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.
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
The Governor of the Bank of Botswana. My Dearest in Christ, Firstly I would like to introduce myself; my name is Mrs. Linah Mohohlo from Botswana. I am the governor of the Bank of Botswana you can view the profile on the panel members at Please I know this may come to you as a surprise, because you did not know me. I sincerely need your assistance discretely because of my high business associations, which is the reason why I write to you on a personal level and through divine direction. It is my desire to have a genuinely personal relationship with you. I deposited the sum of USD$10.5M (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with Finance/bank presently. These funds emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which I executed with the Bank of Botswana. Though I am the person who approved this contract but I honestly never knew at the time that it had been over invoiced. I am now afraid that the government of Botswana might start to investigate on contracts I awarded; presently this money is still with the bank here in South Africa. I suffer from cancer and recently my Doctor informed me that due to my poor health condition I would not be able to stay alive past the next three months due to the cancer. None the less what disturbs me mostly is the stroke I suffered. Having known my condition I decided to donate these funds to a church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual person or church organization that will use the funds for churches, orphanages, research centers and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God ismaintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that gives,
(now religion and Gods work is used to persuade you and gain trust)
I took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money but my son cannot carry out this work alone. I therefore decided to use some of the money to work for God and live some for my son to have a better future. My only son is only just 15 year old now and having to grow up without a father he has a low maturity,
hence the reason for me taking this bold decision to ask for your assistance. I am not afraid of death hence I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
(and here contact information will be exchanged)
I would like you to understand that me contacting you is a divine direction from God; As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact information of the Finance/bank.Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here and Please I will like you to contact me immediately you receive this mail so that I will instruct the Finance/bank to transfer this fund into your account.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Mrs. Linah Mohohlo and only Son Favor.
God’s favor is sufficient for me
( I left the typo errors in on purpose)