Nowadays, when COVID-19 lurks around, it is not easy to find if something is a scam. Plenty of people are without jobs and look for the opportunity to get again on the track.
What kind of scams could be?
- You can get text messages on your phone.
- You can see ads on social media
- You can hear from people around you who heard something but do not know about a thing
- You can get ads from Google
- You can find plenty of offers in various forums.
- Temp agencies can offer jobs which do not last long and do not fit your requirements.
Messages on phone
This type of scams is annoying and not easy to rid of it.
How do strange people get your number?
It is more comfortable as you think because of the expanded online presence nowadays.
You give number filling out forms
Think about when you last time bought shoes, batteries, or fishing equipment. Usually, you fill forms; there is a place for phone number too.
I hate to give this information, but nobody will send you an item without knowing your address and phone number.
During this quarantine, I saw increasing numbers of messages where I can earn thousands of dollars.
I do not open them in fear that malware can affect my phone. Another reason is why I do not trust callers is my experience with scammers.
It is too good to be true, making hundreds of dollars after a few courses which are on links in these messages.
What do I do? I simply block the caller. Slowly I see fewer numbers that would like to make me productive after one or two weeks.
Google wants to care about privacy
The biggest search engine offers plenty of options on how to protect your data. However, it is a double-sided sword.
From one side, you follow guidance and get apps that monitor your activities( if you want to do that.) From another side, all search engines have automatic spies that follow every step of presence online. Little boots like spiders regularly crawl all data and sort it out according to search engine preferences.
Think about how do Google earns money or Facebook and other social media?
They use our data to attract sponsors who place ads according to our searching habits.
It was nothing new for me when I was looking for winter waterproof shoes using Google, and on my Yahoo account, at the sidebar, I saw a beautiful collection of UGG boots.
Technologies let pick random calls
Telemarketers do not care if somebody is at the back on the phone. Special programs let dial all numbers that they can get hands-on.
Plenty of people answer and can get fooled with promises to become rich.
Credits companies are generous to others giving away your numbers
Do you think companies care about you? Wake up. The majority of companies gather data as much as they can get. Credit bureaus are not an exception.
Do you call toll – free numbers?
Businesses use numbers with the beginning, such as 800, 888, or 900, to attract more customers who do not need to pay from their pockets.
Here is a trick. These numbers are from the system, called Automatic Number Identification. It means that once you call, you will be on the list.
Not so much fun about that, isn’t it?
Charities like you numbers too
Did happen to you when, after donating, you receive numerous emails or calls asking for more help?
From somewhere, other charities learn about your numbers, and now you on the mission to save the whole world.
Ads on social media
There plenty of ads on social media that offer jobs and other possibilities to earn money.
How to know if it is true?
Word of mouth is the best option, especially if it comes from your trusted source, such as friends or family.
Besides, you can check the address of the website and type it on Google’s search bar, adding the word “Scam.”
Usually, if something is wrong, it pops out. Most scammers do not take time to mask themselves to look as legitimate proposals.
People talk about what do they like but do not know
Many people have a great imagination, and after hearing a few success stories make conclusions that it is true. They do not check credibility sources but enjoy thinking about how it can be helpful to earn money now without any perseverance.
Talk and gossip is one thing. Rumors spread fast, but they are only rumors—empty talk. Unfortunately, reality shows the right picture.
Nobody wants to lose money paying for false promises. However, it happens.
To avoid failures, people need to be diligent and use common sense.
Ads from search engines
When you search for a job or other things, search engines capture your data and offer according to your search results.
Other companies or individuals place paid ads intending to get you into their webs.
What do I mean?
Usually, scammers use all possible tactics to get you involved. It can be gifts, paid courses, free lessons, and peaks into supposed to happen final results.
Search engines accept paid ads without an in-depth checkup of credibility. Of course, they have some requirements, but as long it fits rules, announcements will be here.
Offers in forums
Forums are a great place to meet virtually people, get contacts, find information, and get fooled. Some panels, such as Quora, have an excellent reputation because of members voting and registration using checked profiles from social media.
However, various offers on how to get rich, recover the money, collect debts, acquire a cute puppy or wife from abroad can pop everywhere less or more.
One of the forums where you can find all types of marketers and various offers on how to earn money is Warrior Forum. It is a great place to ask questions and explore abilities.
However, you need to use common sense, check things out before moving forward and weight all options if you will jump on the scammy proposal.
Overall, temp agencies do not scam. However, if somebody pretending to be a temp agency asks you to pay for the finding job, run away. Why?
Tem agencies get paid by employers, not employees. It is a wrongful practice when an agency asks you to pay money for a legitimate temporary job.
Scams are everywhere. You do not need to be afraid of them. However, checking the environment, searching for feedback, and using common sense is a big help to everybody who does not want to leave money to fraudsters.
It is smart before buying or getting enrolled somewhere to check out about return back guaranties. Most of the reputable sellers have the money back notice for some time.
If you want to learn about something, especially how to earn money, check for free lessons. During some time, you can decide if it works for you or now.
Remember: scammers always are desperate to get hands-on your money or data.
Honest and trustworthy companies and individuals are not afraid if you will step back. They know how good they or their products and services are. There is no shortage of customers, and it will be enough for everybody who needs them.