SCAMS, SCAMS and MORE SCAMS. . .
becoming a haven for internet fraud, especially when it comes to home rentals, vacation rentals and home sales. This is typically a big money scam where a fat deposit is the objective of the scammer. Here’s a tip to avoid being scammed and you can apply this simple logic to any number of scams: If it sounds too good to be true…it probably is a fraud.
When it comes to doing a big dollar transaction you really need to think twice about doing it over the internet and especially on Craigslist.
I hope there is nobody left out here that would still fall the classic email scams. Need I say it? Your brother, nephew, cousin, isn’t in a Mexican jail and needs bail and he hasn’t been mugged and needs money via Western Union. No, you have not won the Canadian lottery and the African Prince really doesn’t want to give you big bucks just to use your bank account to smuggle money out of Zululand.
Phone scams have been on the increase and they are getting more devious. Sadly they usually involve a con that applies to your patriotism or sense of giving; for example, they are collecting money for care packages for our troops overseas or for the police youth soccer league or some such thing. Did you know that you will never be called by Microsoft because they detected a virus on your computer?
I recently heard that scammers are using a magnetic card reader at ATM’s. Apparently, it’s about the size of your finger and it is applied right above where you insert your card into the machine. Not only can they scan your card information, but it can recover your pin number when your legit card activates the machine. This is where situational awareness comes into play. You have to be observant! If there is a device that is attached to your ATM that you’ve never seen before, use another machine and alert the bank or call the police…let them check it out.
Oh, and one last thing, when you read a used car advertisement online (usually Craigslist) that asks you to bring cash and meet the seller at a remote location just don’t do it, ok?