Frauds can curry favor even with the most cautious of us, and naive people are a godsend to them. Whatever new fraud schemes appear, you can always see through them if you think clearly.
Bright Side collected several pieces of advice on how to detect if someone’s trying to fool you, and what to do to keep the frauds from succeeding.
You’ve got an uninvited guest
- Step 1. Ask how they found your name and address.
If they cannot respond clearly, they might have found your contact information on the Internet or in the phone book.
- Step 2. Ask them to show documents proving their identity, company, and position. Examine them closely.
Most common frauds don’t have any identification documents. And if they have, a closer look can show they’re fake.
- Step 3. Call the company where they said they work, and ask if they’ve sent this person to you and why.
Every organization has a landline. If they gave you only a cell number or they refused to give a number at all, they are most likely frauds.
- Step 4. Ignore all the calls, and act immediately.
A fraud will strongly persuade you to act here and now in order not to miss your chance. But what seems like a great chance can turn out to be a “free lunch.”
- Step 5. Check out the feedback about the company, its services and/or products on the Internet.
News about frauds travels fast over the Web. You can always find information about them on feedback sites. Two fraud schemes can be like two peas in a pod, and even the names of such “companies” can be the same.
- Step 6. Ask about the payment methods of the offered services or goods.
Frauds often require partial or full prepayment. They take either cash or transfers to e-wallets. This means that as soon as the transaction is finished, you have no chance of proving the order is paid or determining the fraud’s identity.