5 Warning Signs of a Scam
July 21, 2008
1. “Act now!” Why the rush? If it’s a good deal today, it’ll be a good deal tomorrow, after you’ve had a chance to check up on the company and its claims.
2. “You won’t believe this!” The oldest scam warning in the world is: “if it’s too good to be true, it isn’t true.”
3. “Free” Nothing, I repeat nothing, is free. That “free” credit monitoring or “free” ringtone comes with a subscription to be billed later.
4. “No risk!” Sorry, there’s no such thing as a sure bet. If it’s guaranteed to make money, the seller would be out making money with it instead of hawking it to you.
5. “Fill out this form” Uh-oh, why am I providing personal information to this stranger? Bank account numbers, social security number, etc.? I don’t think so.
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