Keep safe! Ways to avoid giveaway scams
As internet technology becomes more more advanced, there are thousands of frauds or scams happening every year, and you cannot know any kind of scam arising in the world. But if you can remember these six steps to avoid fraud, you can prevent different types of scams and help protect yourself and your family. Don't be too happy if you receive some good news mention you've won a giveaway prize. Make sure you are safe from giveaway scams. Be smart! If you find these signs of common giveaway scams, then ignore it.
1. Never send money to someone you've never met face-to-face.
Trust me, never do it. Especially if you are asked to transfer some money using wire transfer (PayPal, Payoneer), debit card banking, or gift cards (which can not be tracked like cash) by people from cyberspace. If you suddenly get a call from someone you don't know and want you to pay to get your prize, don't do it.
2. Do not open an attachment link from the email you suspect.
It could be that the link or attachment turns out to make you download the malware to your computer or steal your identity. Be careful even with an email that you think looks familiar, though, it could be a fake email. Read thoroughly and check the email source carefully. If that's a giveaway email you've participated before, then visit the giveaway contest and make sure it's from the same giveaway contest page.
3. Don't believe everything you see.
A great scammer can mimic official stamps, fonts, and other details. Just because a site or email looks official doesn't mean it's genuine. A scammer can even forge a Caller ID. Make sure you do a double check on the details, before participating in the giveaway contest.
4. Be wary of the information you share on social media.
Only share your information with people you already know well. Be sure to use privacy settings on all social media and online accounts. Scammers often get information about their targets from their online interactions and make themselves sound like friends or family members because they are very familiar to you. So, you must read the terms and conditions before participating in a giveaway contest before sharing your information.
5. Keep calm and be wise.
If you get a call from an unknown number and want you to act fast as they say, don't act according to the scammer direction. Take a breath first and ask a person you trust before taking some action. Scammers usually get you to think an incident has happened or given you an offer for a limited time. They want to push you into making some action before you briefly think or discuss it with family members or friends so, make sure you don't do an impulsive deed.
6. Participate from a trusted giveaway source.
Before joining a giveaway, you must know that the source of the giveaway contest is legit. Find out who held it before participating, either from Facebook, Instagram, or Website. Find a website that lists all trusted giveaways where you can join without worries like this site. So, be a smart participant and get your prize! Have fun!