Pass the sunscreen and umbrella because summer is here! Consumers are not the only ones who are happy to throw off those long sleeves and head out into the sunshine. Scammers also look forward to warmer weather in order to target victims with very specific summer scams.
Teachers, bus drivers, college students, residents of resort areas or anyone with some spare time can make a lot of extra money, especially in the summer months. prey on people who are looking for flexibility, significant income and easy work that will not conflict with other jobs.
There are a few telltale signs that a job offer might not be genuine. Unbelievably high hourly rates for basically no work, requirements that you pay for supplies or training materials, any offer that requests your complete identity in order to apply and any online offers that contain misspellings, vague information, links to click or software to download should be avoided.
The myth of jetting off on vacation every summer is not the reality for a lot of people. Lots of consumers rely on specials, last minute deals, gig economy platforms like Airbnb or Uber and other options to save money while still taking a little trip. It is important to be aware of travel summer scams before you act.
Prior to committing your payment details or any other identifying information, be on the lookout for too-good-to-be-true offers like $99 for airfare and accommodations in the Bahamas, or the “I bought this non-refundable week-long stay in Miami and cannot go” messages that offer you ridiculously low prices. Some summer scammers go so far as to create entirely fake websites or steal photos of real properties to lure their victims. Others rely on genuine sites, like Airbnb, in order to post fake listings and steal money. Make sure you avoid shady opportunities and investigate options thoroughly before buying.
Summer is a popular time to move, especially for recent graduates or families who wanted to let their kids finish the school year. Moving Scams can strike at any time during the year, but are especially prevalent during the summer. There are many different kinds of moving scams, but most of them involve hidden fees, estimates that are far less than the amount of the final bill and companies that change their names constantly to shirk off bad reviews online.
Social Media Scams
Your Facebook account or Instagram can when the weather turns warm. Everything from romance scammers and phishing attempts to burglars who scope out who is not home based on their posts can lead to harm.
Be mindful of what you post online, especially if you are taking that once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Also, beware of friend requests from accounts you do not recognize, or requests from people you thought you were already connected (i.e., hacked or spoofed accounts). Make sure if you are sharing interesting information that you are not oversharing or giving away too many of your details to anyone who can see them. Skip over messages from accounts you do not recognize.
Outdoor concerts, music festivals, and big-name concert tours are great summer fun if you do not fall for a ticket scam. The internet is flooded with everything from scalpers who overcharge for a legitimate ticket to completely bogus sites that steal your information and sell you a non-existent ticket. One of the ways to avoid ticket summer scams is to only purchase your tickets from legitimate, trusted retailers. If you cannot get tickets from the original source, you can go through a trusted reseller. Do your homework and make sure you are dealing with an honest company.
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