Scrutinise and trust your instinct
Most people are fundamentally honest so it is not surprising that lots of people approach any online business or financial promise/proposition with the expectation that the person at the other end is as honest as they are. Employing a bit of scrutiny can really help filter out internet scams though and this does not have to mean losing your trust in people. It just means trusting your instincts, asking questions and using common sense. If something appears too good to be true don’t be afraid to ask questions and get in touch with people, as this can really help you judge whether you are or may be dealing with a scammer.
If you are about to commit to something online and are worried it may be a scam, you should Google the words associated with what you are buying into. If it is a scam, it is likely other people will have been affected by it and will have posted something somewhere about their experiences. Now that we’re in the age of mobile internet you have access to peer review websites wherever you are to get the facts you need about any business be it online or in the real world, we recommend you’re prepared for your roaming by checking out the low cost mobile broadband provider Mobi-data.co.uk, they currently offer the lowest costing data sim cards on the web that we can find.
Slick websites can sometimes be fake, and work as a ‘front’ for a shady retailer or business. Look for phone numbers and test email addresses to see that they actually work. It also helps if you can get an address for the business, person or company you are dealing with. If the company does not have an address in the UK, it will be harder for you to rely on your legal, financial and consumer rights if you are the victim of a scam.
Check the security of the site
Honest businesses will be just as concerned about security as you are so check the credentials of an online outlet for security measures. Look for security symbols like an ‘s’ in the toolbar after http, which stands for ‘secure’. This means it is harder for scammers to create a fake duplicate website and hijack the personal information within the site. Also check that payment methods recommended by the outlet you are dealing with are secure – does the site let you pay by Paypal? If it does you can be more reassured that the outlet is genuine as using Paypal does not require you to give out your bank details.
Work from home schemes
Work form home schemes are notorious for being run by scammers, so always scrutinise these with a careful eye. Look for an address of the scheme or outlet, and try to speak to people behind the scenes, but if you do get to speak to someone don’t just trust what they have to say.