How To Avoid Online Marketing Scams

Last Update: November 26, 2020

The fourth quarter of every year is characterized by an increase in both actual and attempted fraud incidents. It is during this season, all affiliate marketers are expected to be vigilant and stay away from suspicious behaviour.

The escalating number of cases of COVID 19 has led to the rise of fraud cases, all as a result of a growth in usage of digital transactions and payment cards.

During the holiday shopping season, criminals spring to life to perpetrate fraudulent transactions, with hopes that they will pass as legitimate.

So how do you secure yourself from fraudsters and identity thieves?

1. Use Trusted Payment Methods

    The trusted payment platforms are ApplePay and PayPal, but any other app is OK as long as you have done your due diligence. Research about any payment platform you choose to use by reading their reviews.

    Check Google or Bing carefully to see if the app is a scam or not. It is advisable to do a test transaction with a small amount of money and ask that person to confirm they got it. Then you go ahead to send the more money to complete the transaction.

    2. Monitor Your Credit Report

      It does no harm to regularly monitor and reconcile your credit reports. This enables you to quickly identify strange or suspicious transactions in time. If you are sure of not using your account for a while, you can contact your banker to put a restriction to your account.

      For every transaction you are to make online, always bear in mind that there is a growing number of scam artists out there! Stay safe by being careful before you press the “send” button.

      3. Change Your Passwords Regularly

      Besides regularly changing your passwords, you should have strong passwords, where you mix capitals, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. The longer the password is, the better. This makes cracking your password literally impossible.

      4. Use Authentication Features

        To provide an additional protection layer that guarantees security, it is highly recommended that you use any other authentication capabilities offered by apps and websites you visit often. The safest type to use is a one-time passcode, which can be texted or emailed to you, though face and voice biometrics are increasingly becoming popular.

        For every transaction you are to make online, always bear in mind that there is a growing number of scam artists out there! Stay safe by being careful before you press the “send” button.

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        Newme202 Premium
        Important information. Thank you for sharing
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        Ahimbe Premium
        You are welcome, Simone. I am glad you find this blog useful to you.
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        Newme202 Premium
        I really do
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        Billwright1 Premium
        thank you very much I have been scammed twice
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        Ahimbe Premium
        Sorry about the two scam incidents, William. Going forward, they will not stand a chance. All the best!
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        Bathwag Premium
        Thx so much for sharing this eye-opener information!
        Wise advice, indeed!
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        Ahimbe Premium
        You are welcome, Bathwag. I am glad you find this information helpful.
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        AlexEvans Premium
        Wise advice Ahimbe and a great reminder.
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        Ahimbe Premium
        You are welcome, Alexander. We have to keep alert in the remaining days of 2020.
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        AlexEvans Premium
        Too true I just got hacked by the Russians very frustrating and substantial work required to get back on track.
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        Ahimbe Premium
        Russian hackers have gained notoriety over other hackers worldwide. It is sad to read that they destabilized you.
        Let us hope that it won't happen again.
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        IamTracy Premium
        Great advice and reminder to be vigilant. Thank you for sharing :)
        Tracy
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        Ahimbe Premium
        Let the eye of vigilance never be closed - Thomas Jefferson
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