It is the season of cheer and joy, but there are malicious people out there who will capitalize on your good spirits to scam you out of a lot of money. Stay alert.
Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. You invest all of that time into selling a particular product or you spend a lot of time researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… nothing. The buyer never pays up. The seller never ships your item. Some scams are obvious, but others are subtle and manipulative. Do you know when you’re being scammed?
PayPal is one of the most important accounts you have online. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge PayPal fan, but when it comes to your money, you don’t want to play around. While getting your Facebook account hijacked is a huge annoyance, it’s nothing like getting your money stolen out of your PayPal account. And the scammers know this too. That’s why PayPal is one of the most targeted accounts for phishing and scams – there’s real money to be had.
You know that feeling when you are fooled into clicking on something on a website that you didn’t intend to click on? Maybe it was an order screen that fooled you into paying for extra shipping, an installation wizard that tricked you into installing some adware browser toolbar, or a “free” download that turned out not to be quite so free after all. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all been disappointed by the tenacity of marketers that are overly aggressive.