5 Ways To Spot A Scammer

 5 Ways To Spot A Scammer: Scammers can be difficult to identify most times but there are things to look out for to recognize a scam. Even if you can’t physically spot a scammer since no one carries an ID Card identifying themselves as a scammer, there are things to look out for in your online interactions to identify a scam scheme. As we all know defending against scams starts with awareness, being equipped with knowledge about various methods scammers use to scam people. We will be discussing 5 ways to spot or scammer;

5 Ways To Spot A Scammer

5 Ways To Spot A Scammer
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  1.  You need to act fast to take advantage of an offer: Both online and offline scams always have one thing in common, urging people to make decisions on the spot or within a few time. Scammers are always rushing people into making decisions quickly so their victims won’t be able to think through the decisions they are about to make.

If someone comes to you with a discounted offer that is on only for a while, say a 70% discount on a product and the offer last 2 hours, if this is not from the official website of a well-known product, this kind of offer should be treated sceptically because it is most likely a scammer trying to rush people into making decisions. 

Whenever you come in contact with this kind of offer, be wary of it especially if it is not coming from the official website of a popular brand. As most of these types of offers are from scammers trying to rush their targets into decisions.

  1. Call or Email starts with a threat or dire warnings: When you receive an email and the first thing you notice about the content of the message is a threat, for instance, you receive a message that your account will be blocked immediately if you don’t update your account information or any other bogus reason the cammer may come up with. Note before a bank, Netflix, Tax authority or any other authentic organisation will talk about terminating your contract with them or blocking your account, enough information will have been provided beforehand stating clearly the reason for your account blockage and how you can prevent it. 

If you feel maybe the threat is from the authentic organization, contact the organisation with the address that is on their official website instead of replying to the mail sent to you. Reach out to them through the official email address on their website or any other means of communication and explain if there is an issue with your account and what you can do going forward.

Emails or messages littered with spelling and grammar mistakes are a scam giveaway. Legitimate organisations will rarely if ever, make spelling or grammatical mistakes in their emails to you because they’ve been put together by professionals and checked before they’re sent.

  1. The message uses a generic greeting: Another sign that a person could be a scammer is if they address you generically. If they know who you are, the message will address you by your name especially if it is a message peculiar to you. A common example of this is how targets are addressed on phishing emails. Since phishing emails are sent to a bunch of targets at the same time, the scammer will address the message with a generic greeting “Dear Ma/Sir” because they can’t possibly know everybody name and address them by it, since they don’t have the authentic database.

This can be used to detect phone call scams also if you receive a call claiming to be from your Bank or FIRS and the customer care representative can’t address you with your name, or he/she is expecting you to identify yourself by asking questions like, “what the name you use on your account?” or any other line that seems to be fetching for your identity. The best thing you can do with calls like this is to hang up and report the number to the appropriate authority.

  1. Are the contact details vague?

Scam websites often Vague contact details can be a PO box, premium rate number (starting ‘09’) or a mobile number.

If anything goes wrong it’s important you can contact those involved. This will be difficult if you don’t have accurate contact information.

Premium rate numbers are also a favoured trick for squeezing every penny they can out of you.

  1. Is the offer too good to be true?
    Scammers will often promise high returns for very little financial commitment. They may even say that a deal is too good to miss and you should make a decision immediately.
    Use your common sense, if a deal is too good to be true, it is inevitably a scam.

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