The criminals dedicating their lives to scamming are not sending emails filled with spelling mistakes. They are highly skilled at targeting vulnerable people to scam and use common persuasion techniques to convince them to comply.
People are more likely to be victimised if they do not have anyone to discuss the offer with.
Individuals engaging with scammers are likely to be in a heightened emotional state that impairs their ability to respond appropriately to misleading information.
Individuals under financial strain might be more susceptible to scams, especially scams that promise financial rewards or an opportunity to get out of debt.
Did you know that you are far more likely to be scammed buying pets, pet products and clothing than digital devices online?
Research the business/website/person before buying. Ask friends and family or on forum websites for opinions.
Price is the top motivating factor for people who made a purchase and then lost money.
When shopping for a gift that’s either really expensive or hard to find, be very careful of the ones you find with discounts.
Just because a website looks legitimate with all the right badges, links and information, doesn’t mean it’s not a scam.
When the item you’ve been searching for is suddenly available at a discount for a very limited time, stop and think. Scammers also know your shopping habits, just like legitimate marketers.
Insisting on a deposit or payment in full using a direct payment method like cash deposit, EFT, e-wallet or other payment that offers you no protection is an immediate red flag.