With the holidays around the corner folks are looking for opportunities to make some extra money to make sure they keep the “happy” in Happy Holidays.
The bad news is this time of year also brings out the worst in people and they’re ready and willing to take advantage of that. I was doing some research for work at home or online scams to see if there were any new scams we should be aware of and I found a couple I thought I’d share with you today. These are two scams you should beware of.
Targeting eBay Sellers
If you’re selling products on eBay you may want to pay attention to this - my local news recently reported there were people using fake email addresses to notify you of a purchase. They go as far as telling you they’re willing to pay for rushing the order to them.
Here’s a short but informative video that explains it all.
Just a friendly reminder, here are a couple points to remember that were shared in the video.
Do not click on any links within the email.
Go directly to Paypal.com to verify the transaction.
Never hesitate to make a request to call the buyer to make sure it’s a legitimate purchase.
Companies Hiring To “Reship” Products
A company may “hire” you to make international shipments, typically electronics. The so-called employee gets all the material needed to make it look legitimate, even the packaging supplies and mailing labels. The worker would be instructed to repack and ship according to instructions they’re given.
The scam is the items being shipped were purchased using stolen credit cards and they are using your address to bypass authorities.
Tips You Can Use
Scammers are getting more creative and savvy so we have to stay on top of our game and recognize them when we come across one.
Here are some tips to help you avoid those online scams floating around the Internet.
Do your research. Make sure the company is legitimate.
Check the website for contact information and don’t hesitate to give them a call.
Look for those red flags like jobs asking you to pay a fee or those that exaggerate the amount of money you can make like $500 per day.
Over To You
Have you seen any online scams we should be warned about? If you have fill out the comments section below and tell us about it. If you’ve been the victim of a scam and would like to share your story, we’d really love to read about it and learn from your experience.
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Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.