Internet scams are one of the major challenges we face on a daily basis. There is a continued attempt to lure us into making a stupid mistake of falling for their scheme. There are quite many of us who still fall victim to these scammers mainly because of our gullibility. We should always remember the tried and tested rule – If it is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Here are the top 10 internet scams that we should avoid.
1. Online Surveys and Get Paid To Scams
This type of internet scam is one of the more common which are scattered all over the Web. The scammer usually requires you to fill out some sort of a survey form or reply emails in exchange for a substantial amount of money. However, you are required to pay your way through the program.
2. Google Adsense Scam
This scam claims to have the secret of making easy money from Google Adsense.
3. Forex Scam
This scam uses the lure of potential windfall from forex trading earnings using leveraging.
4. Phishing Scams
This scams uses e-mails to lure unwary individuals to part with their money or share personal information. It aims to get sensitive information like passwords, credit card information and bank accounts from their potential victims.
5. Lotto Scams
This scam makes use of e-mails informing you that you have won millions in a recent lottery.
6. Nigerian Scams/419
This scam is one of the most common. It uses emails to steal money from people by using some tall tales of proposed sharing scheme involving millions of dollars.
7. PayPal Scam
This scam uses a fake notice that they send through email advising the recipient of the impending expiration/deactivation of their Paypal account. You are then instructed to click a link where you will be required to share sensitive information.
8. Auction and Shopping Scams
These are rigged auction online used to lure you to buy a dud item or worse nothing at all in exchange for your money.
9. Domain Name Scams
The scammer sends you a bogus renewal advisory for your domain name, and lure you to make payment.
10. Freebies Scams
This scam lures you to give sensitive credit card information in exchange for some “free” items.