As technology gets more and more sophisticated, so do the scams. Here are the top modern scams to beware of for 2016 and 2017.
Scams on Tinder
Tinder and other dating apps are infamous for the likelihood of “catfishing”. This is a scam where someone creates a fake profile with a fake picture (usually very attractive) in order to lure in matches. They then attempt to build a relationship with their “catch” before they start asking for money. Sometimes these are robots designed for “phishing”, but often it’s a real person (in a sense) that you’re communicating with.
Scams on Ebay
When you say Ebay scam most people think about someone selling something they don’t have and disappearing, but did you know that some buyers need to be watched too? Well, it’s true. The most common is one where they buy something from you that they already have (broken) at home, and claim that you shipped it to them in poor condition. When they provide photographic evidence Ebay forces you to refund the money and they get both!
Scams on Facebook
Facebook is often a great place to find out about sales, deals, and bargains, but sometimes adverts on Facebook are just cleverly designed scams. In such cases the scammers are waiting for you to click the link so that they can get access to your computer’s details. They will attempt to do so by offering you deals that look too good to be true.
Scams on AirBnB
AirBnB is, generally speaking, a reliable place to get vacation accommodation, and if you’re paying through the official site you’re 100% safe. If you make payments outside of the website, however, you’re in dangers of running into a scam. What is happening more and more is that scammers are creating duplicate sites, which look like you are on the official AirBnB site, when actually you have been caught in a scam.
Scams related to timeshare
When it comes to timeshare scams there are two main kinds to watch out for. Firstly, there is the resale scam; someone sells you a membership which is expired or has a huge amount of debt attached to it. This leaves you out of pocket either way. The second kind of scam is a cancellation scam; someone calls you and claims to be able to cancel your membership. They can’t do this, however, and will leave you with mounting maintenance fees and an outstanding debt with the timeshare provider.