Some time ago I had several rants and raves about a credit card scam that was costing me around £125 and a whole load of stress on the stressometer. At long last it seems to have been sorted out. I might add that there was no correspondence, only a credit on the card. I am presuming this means that the fraudulent company have been debited for the fraudulent amount.
Does this mean that I am no longer in danger of something similar happening? Sadly not, every mailbox seems to contain some scam or other. In addition, websites are offering special offers and “too good to miss” free trials of products. I have come to the conclusion that my spam programme is not working as well as it should. The real worry is for the the true elderly-elders……… it’s all too easy to lose concentration, press the wrong button and boom……. credit card details have gone zooming to a load of crooks.
I’m doing my best to be more careful. The main thing to do is to stay away from the computer and online bargains when one is either overtired or looking for retail therapy as a means of cheering up a bad day.
The lessons to be learned are summed up as follows:
- Take no notice to long, involved letters in bad English purporting to have large sums of money to pay into your account.
- Especially if the above are from Nigeria.
- Never give out credit card details for free offers that look too good to be true. They probably are too good to be true.
- Don’t sign up for trials of products.
- Never give your full details for companies you don’t know.
- Don’t click on clickables, even if it purports to come from a bank or company you know. Close down the website and contact your company direct.
Can you think of any other things to be wary of online?