Taking The Time To Practice Fraud Prevention
By Marina Coric

If you are like most people, then your idea of scams is likely of crooked swindlers conning elderly victims. We tend to think that these types of things can only happen to "other people." We often think "That can't happen to me because I would never give out sensitive information to someone on the phone." Or "I would never buy a product like that." Maybe you wouldn't ever do these things, but everyone has a weakness. Whether it is greed, vanity, or even compassion, the scammers will prey on and exploit that weakness and try to defraud you.

Realizing that scams can happen to anyone is the first step in protecting yourself. Most of us go through life either hoping that we will never be the victim of fraud or not really thinking about it at all. The harsh fact is that they do happen and everyone should practice good fraud prevention techniques. Begin protecting yourself by knowing the types of frauds that are being committed and then making a conscious effort to avoid those situations.

The frauds are willing to go above and beyond what is necessary to make their scams believable, even to the point that they will create websites which look to be authentic and gives them credibility. They then carry out their online schemes for mail fraud, credit card fraud and phishing scams. It's hard to detect that any type of scam is happening, because they go to such extremes to cover their tracks. This is why it is important for the ordinary individual to go to great lengths to protect themselves and practice fraud prevention techniques.

The scams are countless in today's society. The internet is an endless playground or in this case "prey ground" for scammers and frauds, making their victims much easier to access and their fraudulent dealings harder to expose. However, if you are aware that they exist, then you will be more likely to suspect and even accept that it could happen to you or someone you love. Realizing that these situations are out there, and that you should practice fraud protection techniques is a huge step in your protection, online and off.

One step you can take to prevent fraud is not using your credit card on an unsecured site. Secure websites offer credit card encryption methods through a secure socket layer or SSL, which allows for secure communications online. Another huge step in preventing online fraud is not responding to unsolicited emails. These phishing scams happen when you receive an email requesting that you either visit a website to provide credit card and other personal information, or ask that you send your credit card information through an email. These emails can look very professional, and they may look very much like they came from a site that you actually use.

Protecting your credit card information shouldn't feel like a chore, but rather a necessity. Simply hoping that you will never be the victim of fraud is not in itself a good method of fraud prevention. Everyone should take steps to protect themselves, their identities and their credit card information. Remember to never send personal information to someone you do not know or to someone sending an unsolicited email to you. Take the time to educate yourself on mail scams. If you know how to outsmart those trying to scam you before you become a victim, then it can save you time, money and a lot of personal hardship.

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