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 didnÂ¡Â¯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.