Aug 18, 2010

[Stephen's Blog] Spotting a Scammer - Part 1

My post today is about Scammers. If you are a member of a social networking site, then chances are that you have encountered a Scammer. They create a profile on these social sites, and most of the time, they don't even bother completing their profiles. In fact, I've ran into some Scammers that didn't even bother adding a profile photo. If they fill out their profile, it's usually bogus BS about nonsense they doesn't even make sense half the time. They only put it there to make the page look filled out.

Understand that these Scammers are trying to run an illegitimate business of scamming as much people as possible. That's what they do! So, they don't like to spend too much time adding photos and completing profiles. Especially since they create as many accounts as they can, to reach as many potential suckers, I mean, to reach as many innocent people as they can.

Their next step per account, is to search for people and send them a message. So, chances are, you will receive a message from one or more of these Scammers, even though their profiles are not completed, and/or they don't even have a photo uploaded. And, if they do have a photo uploaded, then it's a picture of some beautiful woman that they found somewhere on the web. They don't care if they are deceiving you. They are Scammers, and that's what they do!

They bottom line is: The average person that joins a friendship site, is going to completely fill out their profile and upload photos of themselves first, before they even attempt to contact anyone for friendship. Think about that for a moment.... Would you create an account on a social networking site, and then start contacting people before you even filled out your profile and/or added a profile photo?? I wouldn't!

This is really important, so listen up! How many people do you know that give you their email address on first contact? If it's a legitimate business person, then maybe. If it's someone running a webcam show, then no. They give you their web page instead. A Scammer will usually always give out their email address on first contact, and make some excuse that they hardly come to that site anymore, or that they can't upload photos to that site, and that Scammer wants you to email them so they can send you photos. But, these are not photos of them. These are just more photos that they found on the web. No Kidding! And, now that they have your email address, let the scamming begin!

Below are 2 examples of Scammers. Please do not try to contact these people. They only want to deceive you, lie to you, and take you for everything you got! If a Scammer contacts you, report them immediately, and delete that message.

I don't want to make this too long, so look for part 2 of Spotting a Scammer. If you have any more information that you can provide to help educate people against Scammers, then please add it to the comments below. You can upload screen shots and other images of who you think is a Scammer. Add discussions about this topic, and get involved!

Thank you!

Posted By Stephen Robinson to Stephen's Blog at 9/09/2009 01:32:00 PM

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