A lure is a beautiful thing, but it is fake. Many online lures are out there disguised as freebies, using social networking sites and messaging apps to do their evil deed. There are fake websites, scammer apps, pop-up ads, and those scam emails. Then, you have malware and viruses that you don’t even have to click for these to end up in your hard drive or mobile device.
Avoid trial subscriptions
When you come across subscriptions to premiums that offer you trial periods that are too good to be true, then it is most likely that they are. You may be tempted to go for that free or cheap trial month that still requires you to put in your payment information. What only happens is that the price of the premium will get automatically charged to you once your trial period is over. There won’t be any notification or warning about the expiration of that subscription. So unless you are meticulous about tracking the date you signed up and canceling your membership before that happens, you may get charged for something you don’t want in the first place.
Be an internet savvy shopper
There are shopping scams that you can avoid by being a savvy internet buyer. You can compare prices first before purchasing. Watch out for those count-down timers and ads that say that the offer is only good for a few hours or a day. Don’t succumb to pressure sales, as you might end up spending more.
The freebie trap
The lure of getting something for free is always there. When you try to get a freebie, it usually has a condition, like having to sign up by filling a form. Other freebie lures require you to register at their website or download an app. In the desire to gain, many ignore the red flags that mark it as a scam. Don’t place in your details just to get something as it could be a trap of identity thieves.
The lure of big money
Those emails that say you have won in a contest that you didn’t join or inherited millions of dollars from some unknown dead relative are scams. They are trying for you to reply with your payment information or even send them some money for your prize or so-called inheritance to be released.
Those who hesitate
Hesitate before clicking and take your time before making an online purchase. Even popular retailer websites might have issues, so if there are product reviews, do read these to discover what might go wrong with your purchase. We all have been told by our elders to be careful. But, even the wisest can become a victim of cybercrime. You see it happen all the time as you scroll down your Facebook news feeds, as people do shout out when they are hacked and scammed into making an online payment.
When there is a cybercrime, many are not aware that they do have law enforcers to come to their aid, such as the Interpol and government agencies. You need to report online payment scams to the authorities so that they will stop their entrapment operations and, if caught, be made to pay for their cybercrimes.