Linda Webb’s latest interview, US News & World Report
Despite their best prevention efforts, websites such as Craigslist and PayPal still host scammers
Buying tickets that don’t exist from fraudsters is one of the most common online scams, and one that people increasingly fall for as it gets easier to send payments online to strangers. But fortunately for consumers, it’s also relatively easy to protect yourself, as long you follow some basic security protocols. These eight tips will help keep you, and your money, safe:
1. Think like a scam artist. Linda Webb, aka “the fraud dog,” a fraud expert based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., says tapping into the mind of a fraudster sheds light on the red flags to avoid. “Fraudsters look for a need – an event that is sold out or a cool toy at Christmas time that is sold out at department stores – and they market to that need,” she says. If someone claims to have 100 sold-out toys that they’re selling on eBay, for example, that sets off her fraud-alert radar.
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