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31
Jan
2019
New Year Resolution Scamming

New Year Resolution Scamming

With the new year brings new resolutions. Many people focus on getting fit, being healthy, and saving money throughout the new year. Unfortunately, these new exciting motives open the doors for scammers to feed on consumer’s eagerness by marketing false hope. In other words, there are a variety of new year’s scams among us and experts are urging individuals to be mindful when making efforts to achieve these new goals. Many campaigns may be misleading and not actually offer you what they claim they will.

Here are a few tips to follow throughout your new years resolution process to avoid falling for a scam:

  • Be aware of websites that could possibly phish for your sensitive information. Phishing is a type of online fraud that involves getting an individual or organization to disclose sensitive, sometimes compromising information, under false pretenses that has been expertly manufactured by the attackers. For example, maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose 10 pounds, so you search “How to lose 10 pounds fast”. That search may return results like, “slim your waist, not your wallet”, or “begin a free trial and lose 10 pounds your first week!”. Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These sites are known for spreading malicious malware and reaping the benefits of hard to cancel memberships.

 

  • Do not fall for high pressure sales tactics. An offer that is good “today only” is a warning sign to exercise caution. By considering your needs and comparing products, prices, terms, and guarantees, you can tell a true bargain from a “too good to be true scam. Many new year’s ads will offer great prizes; however, it is not a prize if you have to pay to get it. With few exceptions such as games of skill where you pay to enter, or purchase a raffle ticket to win, a prize is something you win by chance, no strings attached. It is also important to keep in mind to never wire-transfer money to anyone that you do not know personally.

 

  • Do not believe something just because you saw it on the internet. Claims of fast money and “guaranteed” returns are no more reliable than classic chain letters and other “get rich quick” schemes. Read the small print on any web page you are considering making payments to. It may say, after the free trial, you card will be charged a monthly fee, or something along those lines. Many people either don’t read those details or they are aware of it, but then they forget to cancel within the required time frame. In result, countless individuals spend unintended money, month after month.

 

  • Check your credit report. Look it over and ensure that everything on the report is legitimate. Also check your credit card statement to ensure that you are familiar with all the purchases listed. If you do notice anything unusual that appears to be fraudulent, contact your credit card company as soon as possible. If caught in time, you may be eligible for reimbursement on those charges.

 

If you want more security tips visit the navitend blog site or if you have any questions feel free to call our office at 973-448-0070.

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