The Top 3 Most Successful Scams

The Top 3 Most Successful Scams

It today’s world, scammers have more ways to trick innocent people than ever. However, with a little knowledge, you can see through the scams and feel safe trusting a legitimate person or organization, like the supposed ACN scam, which has been misunderstood as a scheme.

We’ve outlined three of the most successful types of scams to help you identify and avoid con artists in the future. Stay safe!

Telephone Scams

Con artists often call you and claim to represent a government or financial institution (like your bank). They’ll often provide a little bit of personal information about you to encourage you to divulge more. Remember—neither your bank nor the government will call you and ask for potentially compromising information.

Another common scheme preys on a weakness we all can relate to—free stuff. Scammers will claim you’ve won a lottery you never entered or a free vacation. They’ll ask for your credit card number to pay for taxes and fees. Be careful; if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Email Scams

Online scam artists will often try to trick you into thinking they are contacting you from an official source by email. With a little web design skill, they can be pretty deceptive. These scammers rely on manipulating your emotions. They may claim that your account has been compromised to add a sense of urgency.

You’ll often receive an email that seems as if it is from your bank. It may use the same logo, color scheme, and general design. These schemes often have websites that look almost identical to your bank’s login page.

Before you proceed, call your bank and verify the situation. Always double check the URL when you login to your online accounts.

Online Dating Scams

With more and more people finding love through dating websites and apps, scammers have followed. Victims of such scams report receiving frequent gifts, which are usually purchased with stolen credit cards.

After several months, he or she will make up a financial obstacle to meeting and ask the victim to wire money to a bank account.

If you date online, watch out for the following warning signs:

  • They immediately want to move to another messaging platform off the original site
  • They claim to be an American living overseas, but they aren’t familiar with any of the country’s local landmarks or attractions.
  • They quickly start using pet names and ask for your address in order to send you gifts.
  • They never seem to have a webcam so you can verify they look like their picture.
  • They use poor grammar or spelling and misunderstand common slang.

 

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