How to Avoid Online Marketing Scams
Online marketing scams are rampant nowadays. Sad to say, there are many who are fooled into believing these schemes to be real and the result is that they lose money in the end
Not only are private individuals getting scammed by these schemes, but also businesses. Therefore, it is best to protect your business from these scams.
Types of online marketing scams you should avoid
1. Warning, your computer or your phone has a virus!
No doubt, you have come across this message at one time while using your computer or your phone. Of course, you would get scared and click on the pop up which then leads you to a website where you will be provided with a phone number to call. When you do call, you will be asked to install a program that will allow your computer to be remotely controlled by the person on the other line. Once you give them access to your computer, they can do anything since they have control of your mouse and keyboard.
At one point, you will be asked to pay for their service of “cleaning” your computer with added customer service support afterwards. The person on the other line also sounds confident and knowledgeable and you think that they are doing the right thing. So you pay and then they will “clean” your computer remotely. At this point, keep in mind that they have access to your computer and all the information is at their disposal.
2. You’ve been offered a job online.
Getting a job offer is always a great opportunity. However, not all job offers are legit, and some are only out to scam you.
For instance, you will be offered to sell or collect money from the company’s clients. How you earn is through commission every time you collect the money. Of course, commissions always sound great. The “company” will ask for your personal and bank details because that’s where they send you the commission money.
By giving them access to your details, they now have the means to take money from you. The next thing you know, your savings could be gone.
3. Asking for your secure information on email.
These types of email scams were rampant before, but even though the numbers have dwindled today, there are still people who receive this type of email.
Most times, the email could contain a link that you need to click on. Then you will be asked to confirm your information by asking you to put in your password or even your credit or debit card number. Please note that these emails will also look like they are professionally made and were sent by a bank. However, do not be fooled.
Banks do not ask for your personal details through email or a website; they will not do this even on the phone.
When you encounter these schemes online, always be aware and don’t fall into their traps easily. If you are doubtful, you can also perform a search online about the legitimacy of the schemes. Chances are others have already been fooled by these schemes and they have written about it online. Don’t fall for these online marketing scams in Berkshire and around the world; be a wise marketer instead.