The internet is great place to do a lot of things: go shopping, socialize with friends, stay informed and play games, to name just a few. However, it is important for consumers to be aware that the internet is also giving new life to a lot of common scams.
You can avoid becoming a victim of a scam when buying or selling online by following these tips:
- Only send money to people you know and trust. Never send money to someone you met over the internet or to someone you have never actually met and dealt with in person.
- If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never send funds from a check in your account until that check officially clears, which can take weeks. Likewise, never send funds from a money order until it clears.
- Do not send a money transfer to pay for online purchases. Reputable, honest online merchants will accept your credit card and will never pressure you to send funds immediately in order to secure a deal.
In the end, the rules for living in the modern digital world are not that different than the rules 50 years ago… it is just that the damage that can be caused to you, your finances, and your reputation, can be much greater. I hope these simple tips help you to avoid becoming a victim of an online scam!
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