Spams, Scams, Cheats and Blackmailing on the Internet

Dear Audience, this won’t be one of the usual self-help or personal development articles. But knowing about all the spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing out on the Internet has become vital these times. And as we are moving fast toward autumn and the Holiday Season, you’d better …

Learn to deal with spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing on the Internet

The reason why I started writing that early about how to deal with spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing on the Internet is that as we moved into the second half of the year, individuals or entire companies have already re-started their preferred activity: fishing for new victims. This article has been written to make you aware of the high risk of becoming one of their next victims if you don’t pay close attention to what you do on the net.

Where will you find spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing on the net?

You will find spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing everywhere on the Internet – but mainly on social networks. Especially big social networks like Facebook and Twitter are a great playground for spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing because of the huge amount of potentional victims, which is constantly increasing as new people join social platforms every day.

What to some people still may sound as an incredible story, in reality is a very lucrative occupation, a new profession, which pays those criminals well and allows them to live a life under the radar because most of the people who have been spammed, scammed and even worse, cheated and blackmailed are afraid of or not willing to talk about that in public.

The sad truth is that sooner or later everyone gets those mails with moving stories about lost relatives or children left alone,  asking for help. So don’t hide if that happens to you, take action immediately. And don’t expect to get much help from your family or friends, or from the authorities or organizations out there. That’s why it is so difficult to handle spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing. You’ll always be left alone with that kind of trouble, alone with your sorrow, alone with your fears. Your only chance is to get personal help if you need it, go public and make people become more aware of the risks on the Internet.

How to recognize spammers and why do they spam?

Everyone who works on the Internet knows what spam is and therefore, I won’t go into details about definition and interpretation of the term itself. If you want to learn more about that you can do it here.

Spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing on the Internet

There is no reasonable explanation why spammers send you mostly unsolicited emails till the limits of your inbox has exceeded. They may do it because they are just stupid, they may hope for some kind of  “business”, or hope to get some money from one of their weird “offers”. Unfortunately, many of them do it simply because they “just feel like”, and just want to harm you personally somehow or harm your business. Getting spam can be frustrating but don’t forget, spamming can be only the “first level”, the next one can be scamming.

How to identify scammers and why do they scam?

They may ask you to become friends on a social network. Then they may come up with a terribly sad story let’s say they are – female or male – soldiers in Irak, Afghanistan, Sudan, etc. terrified by all the happenings over there, having children at home who need their mother or father, etc. etc.

Then they may ask you for a personal email or a Skype address. And that’s when the real scam starts. You’ll hear the most incredible cooked up stories just to hook you up, playing with your emotions to make you weak and willing to help – and to prepare you for the “next level”, cheating.

But… You can experience another form of scamming on selling platforms where scammers rent or sell everything, from a camera to a house. In most cases, they are not the legal owner of the items they rent or sell. And usually, they ask you for a payment in advance – but you’ll never receive the item you bought. They scam and cheat you – and very often, you don’t even have a chance to get your money back.

Big business – for scammers.

How to recognize cheaters and why do they cheat?

Cheating has become another very lucrative profession on the Internet. Be aware that there are individuals and groups out there who are trained to get your hard earned money out of your pocket. For sure, they make a good living out of cheating people. And cheating is the 3rd level in our ranking. Remember? Spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing.

Spams, scams, cheats and blackmailingWhatever you do online, keep your eyes open and do not trust blindly. Even if some people are “friends of friends” and ask you to friend them – do your own research and if there is one single thing that makes you unsure about whether you should accept them as a friend or not, you’d better not do it. Otherwise it could happen easily that you get onto the “next level” on their “VIP-range” which is blackmailing.

What to know about blackmailing and why do some people blackmail?

Simply put, to make you pay. As mentioned above, they make a good living with all kind of spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing, blackmailing people willing to help. You should seriously think about that if someone you don’t know in person contacts you on a social network and a few weeks later asks you to do her or him a favor. And don’t forget there are female and male blackmailers as well. Lots of them.

Never forget, on the so called social networks you cannot trust the person you “meet”.
People can use pen names, fake addresses, fake identities to get what they want: your money. And mostly, that’s all they are looking for.

 

Of course, you can find spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing in the offline world as well.
But online it’s much easier to do this kind of “work” because of the anonymity on the net and because of the technical possibilities given today. I’ve mentioned the most frequently used tactics like pen names, fake profiles and profile photos, fake bios and addresses, but let’s also add the hidden IP addresses, proxies, spy-software, and so much more.

One last point to remember just in case you may think you could get help from organizations or authorities. It’s your choice whether to go that way or not, but remember: you need real proof.

Even if you can find lots of other people hit by the same or similar spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing, people who have made the same experiences: you will always be left alone with the emotional part of a destroying experience. That’s why most people shy away from taking the risk and going for the truth by making these things public. If you need it you can get help here.

 

What to learn from spams, scams, cheats and blackmailing

As I mentioned above, keep your eyes open if you work online. Do your own due diligence before you accept new friends or close deals on the Internet. Remember, a successful business on the Internet does not only depend on the amount of friends on social networks. And lots of great testimonials on a website or in sales letters are not 100% proof of seriousness and trustworthyness. Give yourself a fair chance on the net, avoid the risks, don’t become the next victim of spams, scams, cheats or blackmailing on the Internet.

 

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