How many times had pop-up ads scare you to death? Many use voice message to inform you about their new ‘job’, and how they’re making thousands of dollars working from home. The most annoying one for me is where this guy called Ben starts out with ‘My name is Ben! Two years ago I lost my job…’, I’m not really sure where is he supposed to go with this, but I immediately close the ad tab. These ads will do all the easy talk, the one that is poorly professionalized, only to get to your credit card, and/or your Social Security number.With that, comes a fake reasoning for why such personal information is needed.
Online Dating Scams:
Many singles seek the internet hoping that they’ll find their soulmate just desperately waiting for their call. However, in many cases the guy turns out to be a girl, the girl turn out to be a grandma, and the list goes on. Most of their excuses tend to come out as them being camera shy, or simply don’t have a camera even though it’s 2015, where even gaming consoles have cameras. Once the victim gets deeply caught in the trap, he is asked for money, gifts, or personal information such as credit card number, and more often than not, this isn’t done directly, but in a twisty, playful way. Most of those show up as pop-up ads too.
This type of scam is well-known for long now, as all of us have read or heard the ‘YOU HAVE WON’ lie, wether the notification comes as a message, an e-mail, or an ad that usually seems as an overseas lottery. They claim that it is your lucky day, and that you’re the number 1000,000,000 visitor, or the winner of a prize draw. Then what? You guessed it. To process the payment of the winning money, they’ll either ask for credit card number, a ticket that you need to buy, or fees, when in fact, no legal lottery asks for advance fees. ’Security reasons’ is always the shot back when ‘whys’ intervene.
Of course every student wouldn’t turn his back on a scholarship with a financial aid, wether his parents can, or can’t pay for college/university. In fact, many are desperate to get one to the point where any foolish ad that promises a bogus scholarship that’s too good to be true gets their interest immediately. As the student digs in deep into the ad, and ask for the scholarship, and how to get it, application fees, money for widgets, and bank account information are needed. When the scholarship never comes, the hard truth is uncovered, and the company turns out to be untraceable.
Weight Loss & Health Products Scams:
These come either as ads, or advertising accounts (mostly on Instagram). Also, most of them use poorly faked accounts using fake names, pictures, and a life. Only to deceive others, making them think that this person is real, and happily satisfied with their products. Once the buyer gives in to the trick, the only thing that’s going to get lighter is their wallet. Same goes with cheap health products that are useless, but the description still makes it look like it’s the perfect product that would suit the buyer best. Product scams end with scenarios where either more money is taken from your card, the product doesn’t work, or it doesn’t arrive at all.