Money has become the alpha these days. Everyone is running to make sure that they can collect as much money as possible. High paying jobs are in great demand like never before. These days people don’t mind spending long hours and even risking their health to earn enough money.
Countries with an ever-increasing population, for instance, the US, China, and India are prone to increased competition in finding stable jobs. Adding to this, qualified opportunities to work and earn are relatively low in comparison to the population. This leads to many educated and qualified people left behind jobless.
All these scenarios tend to people fall into the trap of making easy and quick money. They take it up without giving it a second thought. These scams come in various forms like jobs, investment schemes, etc. Unfortunately, all that glitters is not gold. People realize this fact in the most bitter way possible.
Many chit fund investment schemes have duped innocent and poor people of their hard-earned money. Many poor individuals have invested their income and savings in such schemes with the expectations of high returns. When they realized that they were being scammed and lost their money, many people even lost their lives due to suicide or heart attacks.
Such fraudulent scams are on the rise throughout the globe. There are different types of scams that are on the rise. Here are 8 of the most common types of scams:
8 of The Most Common Types of Scams And How To Save Yourself From Them
1. Ponzi Scheme
This type of scam comes in the form of an investment scheme. Here the scammer is usually in the form of a company. The company invites investors to invest their money into the company in return for a high dividend. The company lures investors with higher profits and returns. Few agents are hired to spread the word and get investors. He repays a few early investors with the money he received from the other investors.
This eventually helps him build some fake goodwill and attract more people towards the fraud scheme. Eventually, after functioning for a few months or years, the scammer shuts down the company and all its branches without notice to the investors, agents, or employees. The scammer flees the country or goes into hiding with all the money.
How to protect yourself from being trapped in a Ponzi scheme?
- Never invest your money into any company solely based on profits.
- Always check for the reputation of the company.
- Speak to some experts.
- Look out for the red flags such as high returns, unverified and unlicensed sellers, secretive dealings and strategies, improper paperwork, compelling tone of the agents, etc.
- Be firm and reject the scheme even if the agent is a relative or a family friend.
- Read more about keeping yourself safe from social media stalkers.
2. Job Offers
Another common kind of fraud, where many people get sucked into is job offers. These fraudsters usually target the most vulnerable unemployed crowd like less qualified individuals, fresher’s, etc. I have personally come across many such scam emails myself in my initial days of job search. Here is how this scam works.
The scammers usually access free job portal sites and collect data of potential victims. Thereafter, they mail the individuals offering them good high paying jobs. Some of them even use the names of big renowned companies. Their job offers are great with good pay, good timings, and good vacations.
Once the individual replies to them, they usually set up an “interview” in another location. They ask the candidates to send them the traveling and stay expenses.
Vulnerable candidates don’t mind spending a couple of thousands on good-paying jobs in a reputed company. Once they receive the money, they delete the email and never message the same person again. Even work from home opportunities asks you for some investment or deposit.
How to protect yourself from Job offer scams?
- Remember, if any company is asking you to pay for a job offer, please don’t do it. No doubt it is a fraudulent scam.
- Always cross-check about the authenticity of the job offer and the company.
- When in doubt, lookup for the company online and call their customer care helpline number.
- Another sign is to look out for the email handles.
- Reputed companies have their own email handles.
- However, if the mail has come from a commonly used handle like Gmail, yahoo, live, etc., ignore it or report it.
3. Email Frauds
Many of us are aware of this kind of fraud. These are emails that you generally find in your spam folder or your junk folder. This is because these emails have been sent out in bulk by unverified individuals from remote locations.
These generally inform you that you have inherited a lump sum amount after the death of some stranger in some part of the world. They ask you to transfer some amount as a transaction fee or to make sure you avoid tax. Many people have fallen prey to such scams.
How to stay away from email scams?
- Never share your personal details with strangers online.
- Never transfer money to someone.
- Always think logically and practically, and remember that no stranger will select you as their beneficiary.
- Delete these emails and block such strangers.
The lottery scam is another scam. These generally occur in the form of pop-ups or ads on some websites. They can be in the form of spin the wheel or the form of a quiz or even a survey. You may magically or luckily win the latest model of phone or laptop or any gadget.
Some of these even include sentences like “here is how an 18-year-old became a millionaire overnight.” Just like email frauds, these too ask you for details or transaction fees. These types of scam ads can also install malware or virus on your computers.
How to stay away from lottery scams?
- Whenever you come across such pop-ups, immediately close the tabs.
- Use proper antivirus software that blocks such popups.
- Don’t forward the links to surveys or lucky draws to anyone else, as this is just increasing the chain.
5. Charity Scams
Charity scams are another type of common scams. However, the sad part here is, because of a few fraudsters, people lose trust even in the people who are genuinely in need of money.
Charity scams are where the fraudsters step up fake charity causes on crowdfunding websites and gain money from the general public. You may even come across ads like
- “This Child has cancer and immediately needs your help,”
- “Donate money now to help this young girl walk,” etc.
How to stay alert about Charity scams?
- When you wish to donate something to some charity, make sure to conduct a background check.
- Conduct some research regarding the genuineness of the sick people. Avoid sending money directly.
- Make sure the picture used is not easily available on google rather than that of the actual person.
6. Bank Related Scams
Some people even contact you stating some believable reasons and asking for your credit card and PIN. They may imitate bank officials and employees. Surprisingly they may even have your basic details like your name, address, phone number, and account number. This may make you believe that they are actual bank employees.
How to stay alert about Bank related scams?
- Remember, no bank employee will ask you to do any transaction over the phone. They will ask you to visit their branch in person.
- If you get any calls asking for your credit card details, immediately report it to the bank as well as the police.
- Don’t reveal your OTP number, Card Details, or Pin Number to anyone, not even the bank officials.
7. Astrology Scams
Another common type of scams that usually appear in ads and pop-ups is the astrology scams.
Everyone wants to know their future, and some people have turned it into a business. These are generally the psychics and clairvoyants. They will make predictions regarding your future. You may be asked to fill in some details regarding your work life, personal details, etc.
Based on these details, the astrologers may make some prophecies. The initial predictions may be true because they are pretty general predictions that everyone these days is facing. Once the user gets addicted, the astrologers begin charging some fees.
- If you are contacted by any person online informing you that you are cursed or in danger, ignore them.
- Never send them any money online or in person.
8. Pyramid Schemes
The pyramid scheme is another common type of scam. The diagram below easily explains the concept of pyramid scams.
- Don’t participate in any scheme related activity.
- If you are emotionally blackmailed or forced into any scheme, inform some authorities.
Scams target everyone, so be alert at all times. Keep your loved ones informed regarding scams. Educate the illiterate people regarding these scams as they are the ones who easily fall prey. Know who and what you’re dealing with. Keep your personal details secure and confidential at all times. Don’t befriend any stranger on the internet. Conduct a background check whenever you are in doubt.
Did you find this article useful? Also, help others by leaving your comments below if you know any other types of scams.
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