How to deal with Scammers

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How to deal with Scammers

Klara Jamil, Junior Writer

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There’s scammers all around the world, some in the social media world and others in the real world. Avoiding or trying to avoid them is a top priority. Scammers try to fool, act and get to people in order to achieve their dastardly goals.

How to avoid getting scammed 

  • Avoid giving out money on the internet. When it is not a credible source, it is most likely hustlers trying to take advantage of the giver’s generosity. Credible sources include charity sites, and credible online payment systems, such as PayPal. 
  • Accounts asking the user to claim a certain prize. A lot of incidents involve social media sites and dubious websites trying to convince others into claiming the prize by using interesting things people would enjoy, notably phones and gaming systems. Mostly younger children would fall for this scam.
  • People claiming to know a relative or friends. Scammers that want to take advantage of people result in the use family members or friends in order to achieve their goals. Many older people fall for this scam because of diseases similar to Alzheimer’s.
  • Anyone asking to meet for a job out of the blue is a sure sign that the user should avoid the ‘potential employer.’ Just quickly turn them down and block them so they don’t become a bother.

Different types of scams that should be avoided

  • Job scams: Those that want to take advantage of others usually bring up a topic that the user might be somewhat interested in. At times, when applying to jobs, there may be fake applications to do so. 
  • Claiming a loan: When it comes to claiming a loan under shaky circumstances, the outcome may result in loss of private and financial security. Be certain to stick to credible sources when matters pertain to money, such as banks’ websites.
  • Anything that has to do with any sort of romance. It may sound silly, but yet a lot of people fall for such a scam.