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How To Avoid Being Scammed

Aug 17, 2007
For unscrupulous people the opportunity to take advantage of an unwitting public can be an all to powerful motivator when the rewards can be so lucrative. You have to remember as a consumer you are actually very much on the back foot as scammers are professionals at what they do and those who are still around generally are very good at getting you to part from you hard earned money.

Billions of dollars are lost each year to scams of one sort to the other. And if you think that the only victims of scams are naive, country bumpkins who were just born yesterday think again. Well polished scam artists are so good at what they do their victims can be anyone from well education top executives, multinational corporations to your average clerk sitting at a desk 9-5.

There are however ways to protect yourself and your money from being parted and that is through better awareness and education. At the end of the day knowledge is power. So here are some helpful ideas to avoid being the next victim to a scam.

The first thing you need to realize that the majority of victims of scams had one thing in common. They got greedy. If they weren't greedy then it makes it all the more difficult to get suckered into parting with your money. Unfortunately the age old saying that there is no free lunch should ring true whenever you are given an opportunity that is just too good.

Be skeptical. A healthy skepticism when it comes to your money can be a healthy approach to life. You want to ask questions, you want to take in independent advice and above all you want time to think things through. If the deal is that great that it can't last then so be it. Deals come and go through our lifetime and nothing is worth jumping in without thinking it through thoroughly with a level head.

If an offer comes to you unsolicited then it's time to say thanks but no thanks. Nothing unsolicited is ever worth your time, money or energy. You have to think that if the person has to try this hard to try and sell it to you, a stranger, then obviously there is something wrong with the offer. After all if the offer was that good, they would be inundated with people coming to them.

At the end of the day scams are not going to disappear anytime soon. So long as there is opportunities for unscrupulous people to part good people from there money easily then they will keep on trying. Empower yourself today with a little knowledge and awareness of the types of scams out there could well and truly save you a lot of heartache and pain. The internet is your greatest ally when it comes to scam busting so get onto your search engine and check out the offer to make sure its legitimate before doing anything drastic.
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