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5 Tips For Baby Boomers To Avoid The Latest Online Scams

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Tips to Avoid the Latest Scams - No Spam SignIf you are a Baby Boomer and are at all interested in working online then it’s important that you’re aware of these 5 tips to avoid the latest online scams. There will always be those willing to take our money and, unfortunately, there will always be those who unquestionably oblige them.

It’s human nature to trust others and believe their intentions are noble and it’s important that we not lose sight of that. Baby Boomers and our parents grew up in times of leaving the front door to our houses unlocked and even leaving the car keys in the ignition.

And scammers are taking advantage of that trust!

What Is An Online Scam?

Just as with any other scams you may be familiar with or heard about, the intent of the online scammers is to part you from your money. Or, put another way, you can consider a scam a swindle…or cheating or defrauding someone.

It has become common online fodder to now put up billboard types of “opportunities” that promise material goods and lifestyles that have no substance.

Let’s take a look at those 5 tips to avoid the scammers:

Tip #1: Is It All Glitz & Glamour?

Oftentimes, the scam site will even look professional, like a business. They’re trying to get you to learn to trust them. This may be reflected in the name of the site as well; maybe it sounds reputable. But note that it’s oftentimes flash and has many opt in forms or calls to action…and don’t really provide much in the way of what they’re offering…at least until they get your email.

But dig into it further. What are they offering and are they in a hurry to get you to “buy in”, “act now”, “this is your last chance to earn incredible money”? If they are then take a closer look before you pull out that credit card.

Reputable companies do two things:

  1. They give you the information you need so that you can make an informed decision.
  2. They allow you to “get your toes wet”; i.e. try it free, refund your money if you’re not satisfied, offer to answer any questions you may have…before you pay anything.

Tip #2: Instant Money – Earn While You Sleep – Risk Free

You would think this is a no-brainer but yet there is a reason these methods are still around – they work! People are attracted to bright and shiny objects and the thought of making money without trying is a huge attraction.

Ask the downtown merchant or the successful writer if this has worked for them. It’s not likely and they have probably had to endure many hours of learning their trade or craft before they began to see a regular profit.

Why would an online business not be any different? No one is going to achieve success without putting some “sweat equity” on the table. That is how you succeed anywhere and with anything!

Tip #3: Are They Offering A “Secret”
This is a particular favorite of many scammers. Somehow they, and only they, have stumbled upon “the only way to make money online”. It’s surprising none of them have found the fountain of youth and figured out a way to sell bottled water.

If you look closely at what they’re offering, many of the “products” they have put together are already available online and many times these are already free. They’ve simply piecemealed other people’s work, put a new ribbon on it and announce that they have the secret to make you rich.

Here’s a post that is a prime example of this.

Tip #4: A Fairytale Without Living “Happily Ever After”

How often have you heard or seen one of these scammers tell you that you can work from the beach from your laptop and make thousands of dollars a month. They want you to follow them down a rabbit hole and hope that you don’t recognize that you are leaving the real world behind.

And after you’ve tried and tried to follow their instructions…and paid them loads of money…you begin to realize that there is no happy ever after. In fact, your wallet is thinner and your trust in others diminished.

But guess who is happy…the scammer skipping merrily to the bank with your money (and likely money from other Baby Boomers).

Tip #5: Use An Email Spam Filter

Here are some examples of email spams that I have received. I have not opened them and won’t, even though they look very tempting.

Tips to Avoid the Latest Scams - Screenshot from Email

From My Email Spam Folder

 

Scammers are getting quite creative with how they attempt to lure you in. Whether it’s that you have a commission (on something you didn’t even sign up for), or a check has been issued to you (and how do you feel about providing these folks with your home address so you can get that check) they will stop at nothing to get you to click on that link.

If you want a final warning then take a look at this:

Tips to Avoid the Latest Scams - Screenshot from Email Showing Warning

 

That often shows up in the emails that get sent to spam folders. Anytime we think that someone is trying to steal our personal information we must be alarmed.

So Who Do You Trust?

Whether you belong to an online community, a forum, or even online training then it’s recommended that you check out their scam or spam policy…assuming they have one.

Some things to look for…

  • Do they have such a Policy? If not you may want to reconsider your association with them.
  • What happens if someone, often a new member, does commit the unthinkable and tries to spam the other members? A legitimate host would either warn them or outright ban them for violating the Policy. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
  • They don’t allow anyone to copy content within the site or duplicate it outside the site. Think of this, any such duplication would not only hurt the offender but also, potentially, the site community. Social networks might view anything coming from that community as spam and block further attempts.
  • It’s also important that belonging to these communities or schools means that others won’t ask for your personal information (refer back to the red warning above).
  • There are consequences for anyone who jumps in with promotional links that are purely intended to get sign ups or emails.

There are other scam rules that could be included and each host will have their own specific rules accessible for everyone to read. Please take the time to do them.

Looking For A Scam-Free Zone?

If you are wanting to learn how to create and even monetize a website and don’t want to be scammed while doing it then you owe it to yourself to read this review. This is an online business training center and the focus of the site is to help each member succeed.

And the best news…they have a scam-free policy. Breach it and lose posting privileges, if not being outright banned. This is one of the main features of the site and the reason many stay and learn…it’s safe and people are thrilled when you succeed.

Thanks for reading.

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Comments

  1. Great post here! I love the examples of “spam mail” post. It is definitely hard to decide what is real and what is not.

    • I agree, we see so many spam emails it’s difficult to not get excited sometimes. I’ve been getting some about PayPal but when I contact PayPal directly they said it is spam, ignore it, forward to them for investigation, and delete. It’s important to be so very careful these days.

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