On one of my 7 Deadly Sins posts, I wrote that I hated being ripped off. By that, I meant being charged exorbitant prices, while Fig took it to mean being scammed (a cultural thing, lost in translation?)
Which also got me thinking. I honestly believe that it’s basically pretty simple to avoid being a victim of fraud. Keep your personal details close at hand, and if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t invest unless you understand exactly what you’re getting into, and don’t fall for inflated, guaranteed returns.
The closest I’ve ever come to falling for a scam was back when I was 13 and was told a poem of mine had won some big contest, for which I would be flown to the US for some convention. Of course, I never heard anything more about that (which begs the question: what was the point of all that? After I did a little digging, it seemed a lot of people were told the exact same thing).
And then there was the great employment drought of 2009, in which T applied for a multitude of jobs. One of them involved something like invoicing and payment processing. All he had to do, they said – once we emailed for further details – was give them his bank account number. They would deposit funds into it and he would then be responsible for making payments. Yeah. No thanks.
Common sense, guys. It’s key. Unfortunately, I think even the best of us can be blinkered by the prospect of easy money. One of my friends actually gave out his bank details to a random guy over the internet, who of course never delivered the promised thousands of dollars.
What about you? Have you ever fallen for a scam?