Scams are prevalent on the internet in many forms, some are not obvious and some should at least arouse a red alert. With the increase in Social Media use and the growing use of tools and web sites to connect with other people for social and personal reasons, it can be easy to drop your guard as you seek to reach out to make connections, on line friends and use the internet to increase your business.
It is said online scams and fraud is now greater than the international illegal drug trade. From politicians, to the lonely, people buying and selling every thing from small items, cars, houses are being scammed big time.
In this three part documentary by ABC News on what has become known as the infamous 419 Scams. The Nigerian Criminal Code Section 419 makes it illegal to obtain money under false pretences. Millions of Americans, Europeans, Kiwis are being targeted by scammers from Nigeria where a population of 20 million lives on an average income of $1.00 per week. Billions of dollars/euros are being made by con-men in Nigerian internet cafes with very few being arrested or suffering any consequences.
Nigerian scam is a huge problem in Britain and most in NZ have probably seen the inbound emails. Fake lottery jackpots, hardluck stories, money making opportunities are just some of the scams.
In The Tweet Twins “From Hands Up to Hands On” Social media workshop we show how Social Media can help you establish your reputation, creditability so others think you are not a scammer, rip off merchant or fraudester or some unknown person of little worth knowing. Remember that sucessful business is all about who you know not what you know.
As you use Social Media tools and platforms for business be open but be cautious as well. Here are a few tips.
- Never publish your real birth date.
- You do not / should not reveal every personal detail
- Consider using Google / Yahoo mail. Do not use your main business email for every SM activity. Use it with discretion.
- Use Linkedin or Plaxo to verify the person and to see who they are connected to, endorsed by and their credentials match.
- The less you can identify about people online the less you should be forth coming.
- You do not need to be a friend to everyone online or everyone who emails you or sends you an invite. Remember you are judged by whom you are associated and known to …use it to your advantage.
- Try to keep personal and business profiles, friends separate in your various profile. For example decide if your Blog is a blog for business use, professional use, or will focus on personal interests.
- Do not write you email address in the normal format. But write as tweettwins [at] g mail [dot] com This helps to prevent harvesting software to collect your email address.
- If you use online sites to meet that special lady or man never use your real name and do not disclose your company name etc. Be cautious about what photos you display.
- Consider putting a watermark on any photos you upload. Scammers, or business may take and use your photo without you knowing.
- Read the fine print. You may loose the rights to images and content if you upload to a given web site.
- Emotion can overcome logic,
Typical scam email inquiry. “hello seller. i am Barbara.am interested in your guitar and i will like to buy it. i would like u to tell me the present condition of the Guitars i would not mind sending u a cashier cheque through my shipper i would like u to give me your full name and address and phone number okay hope to hear from u soon bye.”
Sometimes a genuine email may arrive that could easily be dismissed as a scam or unimportant email due to the lack of contact details, free email account or brevity of information. Looks can be misleading and in my business activities I often receive email inquiries from around the world and in one recent case was from the second largest newspaper in the Caribbean asking after one of our products. Using tools and processes we were able to verify the email was genuine and that the inquiry request matched what that company might be considered to be interested in. This can be important as it might be a competitor seeking your data or pricing information. Endeavor to establish who you are communicating with. The impratnce of this increases when the potential sale could be in the order of $1,000’s.
On this site here there is a range of good tips and links to videos on scam activities. Trust your instincts.
HDMI Cable Scam and Rip off alert.
Also here is a scam that is probably happening in every electronic entertainment shop in NZ and the world selling home entertainment gear and some of NZ’s largest appliance retailers are leading the way. Have you seen the adverts and and range of HDMI cables for sale ranging from $20 – $600. You do not need the expensive cables. For the average 2m HDMI cable never pay more than $100 and if you pay that amount you have definitely been ripped off BIG TIME.
Kevin’s company ICE AV was one of the first companies selling HDMI cables back in 2004 and during this time we actually went to one of the major cable factories in China who manufacture all the iPod cables, Belkin and many other famous names to understand the quality standard, design and manufacturing process. There are 100 steps (workers on the assembly line) to create a HDMI cable! An HDMI cable is a real work of science and not just a few pieces of copper strands. The longer the cable the more science at play. The gold plated aspect is pretty to look at but will not make your picture better even under a microscope. If you are looking to buy an HDMI cable feel free to contact Kevin.
Posted by Kevin Andreassend Co-Founder of the Tweet Twins http://www.simdeck.com http://www.iqrite.com http://www.digitaldaytime.comAdvertisements