Internet Fraud Private Investigator
The Internet has changed the way we do everything. We rely on it for job searches, product research, shopping, socialization and more. Unfortunately, scammers have discovered how to use it to defraud innocent victims with very little chance of getting caught. With the help of a private investigator, you can protect yourself from Internet fraud and online scams.
Fraud is defined as intentional deception for unfair or unlawful gain and profit. It often results in the loss of property, money or anything else that you value. Con artists and crooks have found that the Internet is an effective vehicle for perpetuating fraud in all forms.
Some simple tips to avoid becoming the victim of Internet fraud include:
- Know who you are dealing with. A background check is a good idea before hiring, meeting or giving money to anyone you are communicating with online. While a background check will not tell you everything, it may alert you to any red flags associated with the individual.
- Be cautious of easy money claims or incredible deals. If what they are offering seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers are experts at promoting themselves and making others believe that they are offering amazing deals.
- Never give someone access to your personal information, including credit card, bank account and social security numbers. Once a scammer has your personal information, he or she can clean out your accounts and steal your identity. The only time you should give out this information is when you are dealing with a professional business.
- Pay with a credit card when you can. Experts suggest that you pay for online purchases with credit cards because you can dispute the charges if it turns out to be a scam. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if someone makes unauthorized charges to your account, and most credit card issuers will remove them completely if you report the problem promptly.
- Be wary of high-pressure sellers. Most sellers will understand that you need time to think about a purchase. If the seller is putting a lot of pressure on you to make a decision, you should be concerned that it is a possible scam.
- Delete all unsolicited emails. Scammers gain access to email accounts and send “to good to be true” deals to unsuspecting individuals all of the time. It is best to simply delete these messages.
- Do your research. Look for reviews and complaints associated with the seller. There is often feedback available with very little searching. Ask your friends and family for references rather than dealing with an unknown seller.
As the holiday season approaches, it is more important than ever to protect yourself from Internet fraud. If you do become a victim, contact Graves Investigations for assistance. Our private investigators assist individuals in locating and prosecuting Internet scammers. Call us at 1-877-638-8254.