Make Sure You’re Not Falling for These Scams

Make Sure You’re Not Falling for These Scams

Ever get a call or click on a computer link that then tells you you’ve won a free cruise, you owe the IRS millions, or anything in between? Well, you’re most likely being scammed. (I know, I really wanted that free cruise too.)

Every day, scammers around the world are improving their techniques, making their scams as convincing as possible—and this can be scary for all of us. For example, my grandmother in Korea had her computer attacked by so many scams, that she is no longer able to use it and it now sits on her desk as a glorified (and expensive) paperweight. Yikes!

Never fear, I’m here to save the day. If you just follow the simple rule I’m about to tell you, you’ll (hopefully) never ever have to deal with such an unfortunate situation again!

Ready for it? Here: If it seems too good (or too bad) to be true, it is. You might be asking me, “that’s it?” Yes. That is indeed it. Let’s look at a few examples.

I get a call and a nice lady named Susan congratulates me on winning a free stay at my local Mariotte Resort. Woohoo!! That sounds amazing, yet that’s exactly why it’s a scam.

Now how about this. I’m browsing the internet, and all of a sudden a website shows up and tells me that my computer/phone has been compromised and I need to contact Microsoft immediately. No manufacturer will ever use this type of strategy. If you see this, just turn off your device and turn it on again, close the website, and it should be ok. 

Some last parting words of advice. Always be skeptical. And if you ever “win” something but need to enter your credit card details or pay someone, just remember that is a double red flag.

If you want to see what I personally like to do with scammers to have fun with them, I have a post on that too!