Want To Know How To Spot A Scammer?
Becoming familiar with the common warning signs of money scams can help you spot a scammer before it’s too late. If you see any of the warning signs listed below, proceed with extreme caution and do more investigating before even considering parting with your money.
Most scams start with an approach through unexpected contact, normally through social media. If a person contacts you out of the blue – whether over the phone, through the post, by email, on a website, in person or on social media – always consider the possibility that it may be a scammer.
Scammers often send emails promising huge amounts of money (or even a free products) for little or no effort. Sometimes these messages will say that you’ve won a prize, sweepstakes, or lottery, and the money is waiting for you. Others will look like they were sent to you accidentally—and you’ve somehow had the good luck to stumble into a great situation.
Scammers who operate by phone can seem legitimate and are typically very friendly persuasive! This is to lure you into their scam, some warning signs are:
Sound overly friendly, call you by your first name and make small talk to get to know you.
Claim to work for a company or organization you trust such as a bank, a energy provider or other supplier you use, the police department, or a government organisation.
Scammers may often threaten you with fines or charges that must be paid immediately. Mention luxurious or fake prizes, products, or services such as credit and loans, extended car warranties, charitable causes, or computer support. If you receive a suspicious phone call or robocall, the easiest solution is to hang up. You can then block the caller’s phone number and register your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry & we would also recommend that you purchase a call blocker.
How To Spot Scams On Instagram
If you see something you think is a scam, you should avoid responding and report the scam to us as soon as possible.
Please remember that your report is kept confidential unless you give us permission to share it with outside sources.
Scams on Instagram happen when people create fake accounts and hack into existing Instagram accounts you’ve followed. The scammers use these fake or compromised accounts to trick you into giving them money or personal information, hacked accounts can be harder to spot because they were normally used as normal accounts at one point.
A new Instagram scam campaign is attempting to trick people into handing over their login details.
Scammers will often use phishing emails to send fake Instagram login alerts that claim someone has tried to access the target’s account. The scammer then asks the target to click on a link in the message and plug in their login details to confirm their identity.
Unfortunately, this simply hands your username and password to hackers who can then hijack your account and steal your personal details.
Things to watch out for
1) People asking you for money who you don’t personally know.
2) People asking you to send them money or gift cards for any reason.
3) Anyone asking you to pay a fee in order to apply for a job.
4) Accounts representing large companies, organizations or public figures that are not verified.
5) People claiming to be from Instagram security asking you to provide account information (like your username or password), or offering you account verification services.
6) People asking you to move your conversation off Instagram to a less public or less secure setting, such as a separate email.
7) People claiming to have a friend or relative in an emergency.
8) People who misrepresent where they are located.
9) Messages that appear to come from a friend or a company you know that ask you to click on a suspicious link.
10) Messages or posts with poor spelling and grammatical mistakes.
If you are concerned that you have been targeted by a scammer then please contact us as soon as possible.