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Common Scams

Common Scams
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Protecting yourself from scams is becoming ever more necessary, particularly on the internet. Take a look at some of the most common scams

Common Timeshare Scams

Common Timeshare Scams

 

Timeshares are very safe these days, but there are still a few scammers to watch out for. They generally stick to either resale scams or cancellation scams. Resale scams take place when you buy a membership from another person rather than the sales office; they can either leave you with an expired membership or a membership that has a huge amount of debt attached to it. Cancellation scams take place when people phone existing members and claim to be able to cancel their membership without fees or repercussions; they will, however, just leave you with mounting maintenance fees.

AirBnB Scams

AirBnB Scams

 

AirBnB is one of the great, revolutionary aspects of modern travel that has opened the world to some new scams. Although you can be sure it is legit when you pay through the official site, it’s not always the case when you leave the site to pay. Often, in such cases, you’ll find the website has been duplicated and you pay on a fraudulent site. When you arrive you find your place has been double or triple booked, if it even exists.

Common Ebay Scams

Common Ebay Scams

When we say “Ebay Scammer” you no doubt instantly picture the dodgy seller who aims to make off with your money… but what about the slippery buyer who’s aiming to get something for free? Recently people have begun to buy items which they already have, broken, at home. They then complain that the seller sent the item this way, with photographic proof, and Ebay forces the seller to refund them.

Facebook Scammers

Facebook Scammers

There are also false advertising scams on sites like Facebook. These are not so much sites that are looking to get your money, but dodgy links looking for details and information from your computer. They get this by setting up adverts which offer deals that look too good to be true which will entice people to click on the infected link.

Tinder Dating Scams

Tinder Dating Scams

 

Dating apps like Tinder make people nervous for a plethora of reasons, but the disturbing rise of “catfishing” is one of the more urgent ones. Catfish are people who set up fake profiles with extremely attractive pictures and attempt to “catch” some matches who they then build relationships with. After a few months, or even weeks, they begin to ask for money under the guise of needing help in various forms. Very often they will get you chatting on Skype and email to deepen the connection.

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