SCAMS - Be Aware!
Simply put, scams come in all kinds of forms. However, with our day and age of technology, scammers are getting smarter, more sophisticated!
Recently, one customer of mine, found out that she had been paying for tech support service on her monthly cable bill, and had no idea. She had been paying it for a long time and never used that service. It adds up to a lot of money that she will not get back.
Here is a copy of my customer's bill for you to review. She didn't need this service as she would have used my computer related services. And all the other minnor issues where delt with the cable company over the phone. Therefore not utilizing that monthly fee. Tricking the customer into this is what makes it a scam.
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TechXpert Whole Home $14.99 per month
Size of the Scam
Local scams usually go after small amounts (under $200) or even smaller monthly fees as in the case of my customer above. Local scams can also be a part of your utility or communication services. If you do not understand a product or service, ask a friend or family member to help you, to make sure all is good for your needs and budget.
Even people that are aware of scams, can get scammed themselves. I too was caught in two different styles of scams. One was a cloud service graphic software and the other tricked me in that they where from Google, but they where in fact a third party company in the UK. The majority of scams are most often too good too be true and created by companies that are located in other countries.
Of late, there are a lot of SEO scammers from all over the world. That is why I made my SEO made simple. Then there are others related to Google Analytics, by third party companies. These kinds of services should only be completed directly between the service in question and you the business owner and sometimes with the assistance of their tech support department or tech support contractors.
Another version of scams are with the cellular systems in Canada. I am glad that the CRTC (government regulatory body) are constantly keeping up with some of these issues. One scam was the duration of the cell phone contracts. They were 3 years, but the phones never lasted that long. So the CRTC said the cell phone contracts can only be 2 years. The other part of the scam is that they are not built to last any more. An average cell phone is around $700 and only lasts about 2 years. That is $7000 over 20 years. Most people that have cell phones are between the ages 15 to 70, even younger or older. Just image how much you spend over a life time. That is a lot of money for the convenience of communication with a lot unnecessary features. I'd rather pay for a stronger phone with less options and spend less money. Then there is the monthly service costs of around $30 to $120 per month, just for one phone useage.
Microsoft Calling You First
Many people have gotten caught by this one! It is NOT Microsoft calling you first. They do not know you have an issue with your computer! The only time they contact you directly is when you fill out the form online for them to contact you.
Online Purchasing Scams
Then there are the type of scams that seem legitimate purchases, but you unknowingly signed up for a lot of other products and services. Service like Ebay and Amazon are fine. It when it is an unknown company to you and looks reputable. Be skeptical and educate yourself before you make any commitment.
How you can know better?
To help you figure this out, you can use Whois and Traceroute services that are free. You use the domain name and their IP address with these two features and then you will know if they are truly from a country other than your own. I can also help you with this option as well.
Sum up the Scams
The best way to avoid a scam is to educate yourself, ask questions, receive details, research the service in question and Ask For Help! Check out my blog of Internet Safty for more tips.
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