Home » Top 5 Scamming Trends- How You Shouldn’t Be A Victim
You are minding your own business. A stranger approaches you with an inquiry. He tells you that he is trying to locate a charity organization that caters for orphaned children. He gives you a name and says the organization is located on that particular street. You are very familiar with that street and you can swear that the organization is not in that particular area. Scamming doesn’t come to your mind at that point.
You are not about to dismiss this noble man that is into charities. You abandon your business and you are now into his, trying to locate this non-existent organization. This is after he has told you that he is one of the directors, his car is packed at a distance and he is not sure where his new branch of charity is located. It is not long before both of you run into a third person who claims to know where it is located. You have no idea that this third person is an accomplice. You are soon lured into an alley or a waiting vehicle and mugged. Fast and smooth.
People have been victims to similar scams and many others.
It is usually that time when people are really low on resources that they easily become victims. How gullible they are! A trusted friend may approach you with a business idea. They have products that they claim are selling like hotcake. And because you are friends, he thought about you and wants to partner. You don’t even know how these products work and have no clue what the market value is. With a promise of huge profits, you are convinced to look for capital to invest. He even directs you where to but the products from, just to gain your trust. Of course, the seller is an accomplice.
Hot cake they are, but their value is way less than what you bought them for. You are forced to sell them at a huge loss. Your trusted friend’s defense; he was also misled on the value of the products and claims to have also lost money. Unknown to you, you’ve become a victim of his mastermind.
These are fake job listings that require you to pay monies like ‘registration’ ‘assessment’ and ‘medical’. You are enticed by their great pay and are willing to invest in the ‘training’. Of course no jobs exist and once you pay, the company goes out of radar.
You should look out for signs like lack of an official email address, lack of an organized website and even lack of a location. Fake employers will request meeting or interviews in hired hotels or halls.
This will be described as ‘booking’ fees. The properties on offer are usually high end with lucrative payment methods. Unfortunately, these properties don’t belong to the seller.
• Scam Emails, Texts, Phone Calls
You get contacted about a promotion that you never even participated in, but you are a supposed winner. You are then required to send some ‘processing’ fee before your winnings are disbursed to you.
Persons pretending to be physically disabled or with some ‘serious’ conditions that require surgery. They are often with fake hospital documents. You might be prompted to contribute to their non-existent hospital bill.
Because you think you know all the tactics available, you have sworn over and over again how you would never get conned. That those who get conned are naïve and stupid. You think you have mastered the con game until you find yourself in that spot. And you start swearing that it’s witchcraft. You are raging mad. Your veins are almost bursting through your forehead. It is a second too late. Game over.
Con artists have perfected their skills over time, coming up with new specialized tricks every other day. It is best to be skeptical of any extravagant promises. Just because someone appears professional and presents sound business skills or appears in desperate need should not cut it. Taking time to think things through will always save you the heartache.
Most victims are left with heavy financial losses
, emotional distress, family breakup and self blame. A victim often tries to backtrack and realizes that they hardly knew the perpetrator. They often don’t have enough information of whom or what they were dealing with.