Protecting Yourself: 2024 Scam Survival Guide

Today, we’re diving into an update on a topic I covered back in 2020 – scams. From red flags to spammers, I’ll guide you through what to watch out for.

Trust Your Instincts

Always trust yourself and stay diligent. If something feels off or too good to be true, investigate or walk away. Your instincts will steer you in the right direction.

Due Diligence

Do your due diligence. Ask questions, consult Google, or seek advice from VA groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Reddit. Getting insights from others can put your fears to rest.

Common Scams: Here are some common scams to watch out for:

  1. Unrealistic Promises: Be wary of promises of guaranteed success with minimal effort. Real success requires effort and realistic expectations. For instance, claims like “Making $10k in 30 days without experience using only your cell phone” are often too good to be true.
  2. Identity Theft: Protect your personal information. Never share sensitive details like social security numbers or bank account information, especially with unsolicited contacts. You should never share this with clients!
  3. Phishing Emails: Avoid clicking suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. Phishing emails can contain malware or attempt to steal your login credentials. There are tools on Google that you can use to see if a link is legit – copy and paste it.
  4. Unsolicited Offers: Research individuals or companies before engaging with unsolicited offers. Use Google and check their profiles for legitimacy.
  5. Advance Fee Scams: Watch out for requests for upfront fees. Clients pay you, not the other way around.
  6. Fake Reviews and Testimonials: Be cautious of incentives for positive reviews or testimonials. Genuine reviews come from real experiences, not paid endorsements.
  7. Fake Postings: Avoid responding to fake postings that collect personal information or offer unpaid work in exchange for promises of future payment.
  8. Working for Free: Avoid unpaid work, even if offered in exchange for testimonials or portfolio pieces. Your time and expertise are valuable, and legitimate clients should be willing to compensate you for your work.
  9. Want to Hire You Without Meeting You First: This is a common one used by scammers.
  10. Sending Money Without Work: Why would they send money without discussing the work first? It’s a red flag.
  11. Refusal to Sign a Contract: Contracts protect both parties, so be wary if a client refuses to sign one.

Stay vigilant and ask questions. If something feels wrong, ask. Remember, it’s better to be cautious than to fall victim to scams. 

Thank you for reading!

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Susan Mershon
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2 Comments
  1. Patty H

    This topic is spot on! The scammers are getting more and more sophisticated and we have to be ever vigilant on what information we share or links we want to click on!

    Reply
    • Susan Mershon

      Yes they are! Thanks for posting.

      Reply
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