How to avoid getting scammed
There are thousands of lotteries and other competitions out there that promise you millions in riches. And even though most of those lotteries and competitions are completely legitimate, such as Mega Millions, there are nevertheless some unsavory characters out there that will take every chance they get to cheat people out of anything they can. We don’t like these people. Not one bit.
But how do you avoid these people? How do you not get excited when the lottery has ticked over to offer someone hundreds of millions of dollars with just the risk of buying a cheap ticket? You just have to look out for a few key things, and you should be ok. So here are a few tips on how you can avoid the scams.
Ironically, the easiest targets, according to Federal Trade Commission, are those aged between 55 and 64. This is interesting data, as the older members of our society are generally more careful than the younger folk. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that 55 to 64-year-olds are not as savvy when it comes to mobile and internet marketing, where many of the scams stem from.
If they ask for a fee, it’s probably a scam
Why should you have to pay anything in when you are supposed to be the recipient of a prize? It seems obvious, but so many are duped with this simple transaction. Many scammers will ask ‘winners’ to verify their existence details by making a deposit into another account. Don’t. You are also not responsible in any way for paying any taxes on winnings. Trust us – the tax man knows everything. He’ll just take it.
There’s nothing for free in this world
Imagine sitting in a restaurant and the waiter just happens to bring you a free 5-course meal, even though you didn’t ask for it. Too good to be true, right? Right you are. It’s the same when you are told that you have won a massive check, but you don’t even remember entering the lottery or competition in the first place. If you didn’t enter, there is no way you can win. Scam.
It’s all in the detail
If you think you may be in the process of being scammed, read the fine print on the prize details. Very few people do, so not much attention is given to this detail by the scammers. If they seem flimsy and thin, such as no closing date on the competition, then this could likely be a scam.
Use the internet
With the rise of online communities, someone who has been scammed in the past will invariably share their stories. So if you get any correspondence that may seem unscrupulous, pop some of the keywords into your search engine and see what comes up. One keyword to enter would be the telephone contact number. If it is a scam, you should see this number appear in numerous other shady dealings.
Use your gut
That little voice inside your head should be an alarm bell for you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. However, check it out either way. It could be your lucky day. Just don’t part with any personal information or money in the process.
There are no foolproof ways to avoid getting scammed. The best thing to do is to only play competitions and lotteries that you know are legitimate. If you see people winning a few million bucks every week, such as those winning Mega Millions, it’s good. Rather stick with what you know.