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How To Recognize Scams

By jameshe007 on
Badge: Author | Level: 1 | Computers & Laptops Expertise:

Scams are everywhere and especially on the internet. What's even worse is that people don't

tend to recognize and avoid them. Some scams are so badly managed, you can recognize it

immediately while some are a bit harder to do so. On the internet, there are many forms of scams.

Some scams include auctions, get rich quick schemes where you just have to buy their

software, or even donations. No matter where and what they are, it is important to avoid


The most common would be auction sites. These sites tells you to bid on products where you

don't want for the full price. Every bid placed costs roughly around 50 cents and up to 1

dollar even. These scams could be quite easily recognized. Take your time browsing through

the site and look at the timer. I come across quite often that it hardly ever reaches zero.

Some poorly managed sites has the timer going on forever and you can recognize it right

away. Http://www.Swoopo.com for example is a harder one to recognize. Swoopo unlike other

sites actually have auctions that end. The key to why Swoopo is a scam is that the auction

end price is higher than the retail price. I find the auctioned items are simply electronics

and users want to get a deal out of them. Every time when the time ends, the price is too

high. From various forums I found that many of these sites cannot track bids so the company

can counter bid getting more money out of you. This is simply a bid generator and is

commonly used. The best thing to do is to avoid auction sites and buy the item you want

locally. For more sites to watch out for: http://www.complaintsboard.com is a very good site

to check out.

Some other scam types include online shopping sites. These sites provide items that seems to

be too good to be true. Some categories include electronics and clothing. These are the two

main categories scams are mostly found in.

Clothing would include brand names and those leather bags that cost a fortune everywhere

else. They seem cheaper on the site, but are not a reliable buy. Clothing is just one of

those things where you must buy locally for security sake. Unless it is the store itself,

otherwise you're in a risky situation. Do a simple search to see if the site is a scam. Type

in the site's name and put scam with a "?" after it. If at least 3 users reported it to a

scam, then it is one. Sometimes one or two users will not get their order, but if a lot of

people didn¡¯t get it then there is a problem.

Electronics is the other thing. Make sure it is an authorized reseller or you can get fined.

Electronics are fairly expensive so it is best to buy local. Once in a while it isn't

available local so you buy online. Do the same thing: a background check of the website you

are planning to order from. The site should have an address to where their warehouse or

location is. An address is sometimes not good enough so Google Maps gives photos of the

place. If it does look like a place that sells electronics, then go ahead.

The pricing of these items must also be right. If an item is too expensive or cheap, there

is a problem. Just think to yourself why they can offer it that cheap? Searching what others

have to say about a site can tell you a lot about it. Try to locate the site through search

engines. Not just one, but several and if you can then it most likely should be safe. Search

engines more or less filters fraud and unwanted websites so just to add an extra precaution.

Following these tips will prevent you from giving out your information and saving you money

next time you shop.