Since the Internet is so widely available, it’s no surprise that people would attempt to scam others out of money and sometimes their identity.Scams are so prevalent in today’s world that the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has said that over 560 million dollars have been lost to internet scams and fraud.
Some are extremely popular these days while others have taken the backburner to more seemingly successful scams.
If you ever run into something you believe is a scam, remember the old phrase: “if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.” While your presence online can expose you to Internet scams, you can also use the Internet to protect yourself.
invites you to stop and think before you click, while providing useful resources to help you guard against scams.
US readers: don’t forget to report attempted scams to the FBI’s Internet Complaint Center (link above).
Let’s face it; in a world that is heavily reliant upon technology, especially the Internet, none of us are entirely safe from running into an online scam.
There are literally thousands of them, and even though you may consider yourself “e-smart,” the people who set up these scams may be looking to target those who consider themselves to be too educated to ever fall for a scam, as they are the least likely to put up their walls and push the scammer away.
According to scambusters.org, “being smart is NOT enough to protect yourself from Internet scams.” According to Internet World Stats about 1,802,330,457 people use the Internet.
That’s a huge number, and with large numbers of people, there is always a few “bad apples” in the bunch.
You can also report complaints for cross-border scams at