No Legitimate Guarantees
Also check for phony guarantees. There aren’t any legitimate guarantees, verbal or in writing, for fast or extravagant profits, for credit when local lenders refuse, of a scientific breakthrough that can’t be found anywhere else or substantial income for little effort. When you are being pressured by a salesperson or company representative to complete the transaction right now or "before time runs out", something is not right. If the offer features "insider" or "confidential information", avoid it like the plague. Any legitimate representative of a business doesn’t offer insider secrets to the general public. In fact, insider trading of secrets or assets is illegal in the USA and many other countries.
Scams presented on the internet, in email, over the phone, in person or through the mail, are as varied as people and it's important to learn how to spot one. Fraudulent offers can be obvious or difficult to recognize depending on the intended target’s perception of the presentation. Try to be aware that scams try to separate you from your money and/or identification. So, “if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is".
If you'd like to learn more about online scams beyond these basic rules, please consult any of our articles on phishing or online fraud.
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