Here is some great "common sense" wisdom shared by fellow Active Rain Blogger, Jason Stewart, of San Diego, California.
It seems the core of his message is "look a little deeper".
If you are looking for a home in Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham, Everett, Glencairn or Angus, or elsewhere in New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio, or Essa, call me, Chris Smith, @ 1.866.936.3500 for information and assistance so that you can make a "good" Real Estate Choice.
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Every day fraud is underway--in some shape, form or fashion. Unfortunately, there are many people who believe that scamming others out of money is easier that working for it. Anyone can be the target of a fraud, and unless you are vigilant and cautious, you will be the next victim. The best way to avoid being scammed is to spot fraud by following some significant steps.
Understand that money does not come free--unless you win the lottery--and that you will have to work for it.
So if you are offered free money for no reason, you are being scammed. Oftentimes, free money scams come in the format of an email from someone stating that they need to transfer a large amount of money into an account. They will pay you a percentage for your time, or course, but you just need to send your bank details. Don't ever send your bank details, or any other personal information, to a complete stranger. You will find your bank account emptied and your identity stolen.
Never pay for job or investment opportunities. Unless you are purchasing a franchise, you really should not have to invest in a small business opportunity. Pyramid schemes, bulk email contacts, chain letters and envelope stuffing are all examples of job opportunity fraud that come to you as great business opportunities that require sending money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be cautious about everything you read, and with the convenience of the Internet, you can Google anything. Google an opportunity that comes your way, and you will learn pretty quickly whether it's a scam or not.
Steer clear of getting paid without having to work for it.
If there were real opportunities to get paid with minimum effort, we would all be doing it. If you see a job opportunity that you want to inquire further about, again, check the Internet. People would be talking about such a fantastic opportunity, and if it's a fraud, they will be talking about it even more.
Avoid scams like the magic diet pill and any other diet program that promises that you will lose weight in a day. These pills don't work, and if they did, you really don't want to be losing weight in a day. Websites that promise weight loss, muscle enhancement, breast enlargement or some other magic for a physical part should be avoided. You will be disappointed in other ways besides losing your money.
Ignore promises of free stuff if it's more than a diaper sample.
You can get free toys if you review them through a legitimate company, but it is not as easy to get these opportunities. Therefore, promises of free computers, laptops, vacations and other big ticket items should be cause for scrutiny. You will be expected to do something in return, and that something will likely involve handing over some funds.
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage