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What are some warning signs you can watch for so that you can help avoid fraud happening to you. The first rule is…… If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. My personal rule is, go with your gut instinct.
If you get a phone call or an email that pressures you to act “right away” and you start feeling weird about it. Hang up. If they keep calling or emailing, take down their information and take it in to your financial institution to turn it in to their fraud department.
If something “guarantees success.”
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If you have to pay to get your ‘winnings’ or you have to pay to get your ‘prize’, then NO.
If it doesn’t have the look of a real business
Buyers want to overpay you for an item and have you send them the difference. This one happened to me. When my husband was in Iraq he wanted to sell his motorcycle so we listed it on KSL. I had a few offers, but one was VERY interested in the bike. We corresponded via email. He told me when he would arrive and pick the bike up. THEN it got extremely fishy. He couldn’t make it, something happened, could I ship it to him (RED FLAG), could his friend pick it up, (RED FLAG). I was wise to the fact that he just wanted my money. I pretend to be fine with shipping the bike. We were asking $1200 for the motorcycle, he sent me a check for $6000.00. In his email he said to keep $1200 for the bike, $500 for shipping cost and $1000 for my time. Instead of calling the number on the cashiers check, which looked VERY real, I googled the bank name, called to verify if the check was good, which I knew it wasn’t. I sent it to the fraud department along with all the emails I had. I then received very threatening emails from the buyer of the bike, which I also sent to the fraud dept.He never got the bike or my money.
If it doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s not.