Each year, people complain to the various authorities about new scams that have come to haunt the unsuspecting consumer or website user. Some of these new scams even include our favorite social media sites. The more technology advances, the more cunning the scammers become. Take some time today to review the most popular new scams to hit the internet.
Ebay scams used to be restricted to those who sold on the site, but recently there has been a rise in buyer based Ebay scams. Generally this takes the form of someone buying your product when they have a broken version at home, and then using this broken item to claim that you sent them faulty goods. Ebay then insists that you send them a refund. You lose and it is virtually impossible to prove. The best way is to ask the buyer to send back the broken product to see if you can prove it was not the serial number that you sent.
There are two main timeshare scams these days. They are the Resale and the Cancellation scam. The resale scam is when someone puts up a membership for sale and that membership is invalid, expired, or has a huge amount of debt attached to it. This is debt which you must clear before you can use it. The cancellation scam takes place when someone calls an existing member with the claim that they can cancel a membership. They can’t, and all they will do is leave you with mountin maintenance debts.
Tinder, Grindr, Bumble and other dating sites have a bad name for many reasons these days, but at the top is the alarming rise of “Catfishing” on such sites. Catfish are people who create fake profiles, usually with very attractive pictures, to “catch” people. They talk to these individuals, build a relationship and profess love before asking for money and/or favors. Sometimes it will be robots “phishing”, but it can often be real people on the other end of the net who are set out to defraud innocent people looking for love in all the wrong places!
Other than the catfishing scams on dating sites there are false advertising scams on other social media platforms like Facebook which are aimed at getting your details and information from your computer. They do this by setting up false adverts which offer deals that seem too good to be true; they are too good to be true, and when you click the infected link the creator gets a foothold in your computer.
AirBnB is a legitimate site which scammers have taken advantage of (much like with Facebook, Grindr, and Tinder) in certain ways. If you pay for your stay on the site, however, you should be fine. It’s when you pay off-site that the problems tend to arise. Always check the site address field when paying on AirBnB to ensure that you have not been redirected to a false site. Alarm bells should ring if the property you are looking to rent is extraordinarily cheap.