Boston - These days it seems no computer is safe. Countless people have fallen into scammers' traps, and it's easier than ever to be deceived now that everything is online...Here's what to look for, as well as how you can keep your money and identity safe.
Some of the brain busters include:
1. Paying for someone to find you a job upfront.
2. Eliminate all of your debt by paying us a fractional fee!
3. Work at home, make millions!
4. You've Won Our Sweepstakes! Please send us money to claim your prize
5. "Hey I accidentally sent you too much money, please send some back." (Anyone that falls for this deserves it)
6. "Hi we're a very reputable company and just need some background information on yourself"
What, no Nigerian Princesses were held hostage this year?
Gee, Thanks Boston.com! If it weren't for you and your safety tips the internet wouldn't be a safe place for me! Never mind the fact that these are the same scams my parents were worried about like 15 years ago when I was trolling the AOL chatrooms and battling it out with my punters.
Seriously though, this article could have been summarized with the simple statement of "never send money ahead of time for services or goods unsolicited." Pretty much covers it, or even simpler, "don't be a moron." In general if it's something you'd be leery of in real life, be leery of it on the internet.