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Using The Mozila Browser To Protect Yourself From Internet Scammers

Apr 28, 2008
Scamming others is a crime some people commit by taking advantage of gullible people. They look for people who they can take advantage of and prey on them. People refer to these people as scammers, although a more descriptive word may be scummers.

The word Scam is slang for fraud or swindle, both words being synonymous with cheating. A Scam, sometimes called a Confidence Game, is certainly not a game for the victim. A Scam involves money or something of value. Scammers build the confidence of their victims with convincing lies and gain the trust of their victims. Once Scammers receive what they want, usually money, they disappear. On the Internet, their website disappears.

Scams are increasing on the Internet and many are serious crimes under investigation by the FBI. Some of the Scams today are those involving investments in real estate, gold, antiques and other items. Emails and Pop-up Ads embedded in webpages offer once in lifetime deals, which require immediate purchase. People make payment and the website disappears or the email address is no good. Avoid clicking or moving your mouse pointer across these ads.

Another Scam involves Internet Auctions, which lead us to believe the items we see are legitimate and valuable. We bid and win the bidding, pay our money and never receive the item. When we attempt to find the auction on the web later, the website is gone because it was a Scam. Those who want to bid on auctions need to use only reputable companies they know.

Travel and Vacation sites on the Internet are not always legitimate sites. They offer fabulous deals. Some people believe what they read and make reservations. Go to the local City Council website of vacation spot for valuable information about reputable travel agencies and other businesses before paying an agency you know nothing about. Fraudulent travel and vacation agencies disappear from the Internet once you make payment.

The Internet is full of Work at Home Scams be wary of these. Most are very easy to identify as Scams. The best way to avoid Internet Scams is ignore the Ads unless you asked for the information. Be especially careful about clicking on the ads on the right hand column of webpages. Scams hide there!

Using the Mozila Browser could help you avoid many phishing scams, in which some website looks exactly like the real one you are trying to access. The Mozila Browser will alert you that the one you are seeing is in reality not the real one, saving you a lot of problems.

The way to avoid Scams is to ignore Ads and deal with people and companies you know. Use eBay for auctions, make purchases on secure sites, look, for "s" in front of the http of website. Do not do business with a site having a free Email service. Legitimate businesses do not use free email addresses and do not hide their identity. If there is no name, address and telephone number, avoid doing business with them.
About the Author
Copyright 2007 - Andres Berger often writes about the Mozila browser to help people be more secure on the Internet. He also offers a free security course to help people be more protected while surfing the Internet.
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