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Sometimes we wonder why people would decide to go through several complex processes to take something that does not belong to them. There are several signs that indicates you might be dealing with a scammer. Some of these signs follows below.
(1) When Caller Can’t Communicate. It’s one thing to have an accent, but quite another to have virtually no command of a language like the English language. Legitimate communication companies do use foreign call centers all the time and when they do, they vet their employees well. They will almost always have fairly decent proficiency in their official languages used like English, Twi, Ewe, Ga and the likes. If the person who contacts you in the name of a company or brand cannot put together an understandable sentence at all and is telling you he or she is from a popular network company, then you have every right to highly doubt it.
(2) When Caller Says There’s A Problem With An Unknown Account. A sure signal that a scammer has reached you is when they call you on an account with a company you no nothing about. At first, you may be confused and wonder if it could be for an old account you’ve forgotten about. If a call comes in from a vendor or company that you don’t do business with, it is for you to simply hang up immediately.
(3) When You Need To Act Fast To Take Advantage Of An Offer. Scammers will often play on your emotion. They will tell you “If you don’t do something now, you’ll miss out". Sometimes they’re legit, but you have to take time to question it. Maybe you did enter a contest and won a prize. Explain to them that you will call the company back. If they say no, and you have to decide now, it’s a scam. Examples may be Debt settlement, Government programs and others. Just put the phone down.
(4) Making Promises. If something sounds too good to be true, be suspicious. Whenever someone is trying to rush you into a decision by making grand promises in exchange for your information, it’s a good time to take a step back and evaluate their credentials. Scammers are known for get-rich-quick offers. Legitimate service or product does not need to be dressed up in promises.
(5) When They Claim to be Victims. Sometimes disasters occur, and in times of crisis, many of us want to help. But any stranger contacting you directly and claiming to be a victim in need of support is likely attempting to scam you. Don’t let a scammer take advantage of your good intentions.
(6) When You Didn’t Initiate the Call. If you aren’t aware of the problem and weren’t the one who called earlier; then that is a major warning sign. Majority of malicious phone calls involves scammers contacting you and posing as someone else is just for informations. Whether it’s from the Networks, your bank or anyone, be cautious.
(7) Callers from an Unknown, Outside or toll-free numbers. Be very suspicious of any unknown phone calls you receive, especially those that sometimes come from outsiders or toll-free numbers. If you don’t recognize a caller, it’s best to let it go to voicemail. Someone who really needs to get hold of you will leave a message.
Now you have some idea about some popular phone scams you may encounter. It’s important to stay vigilant, as many of these scams count on your acting without thinking. Let's see whether you have got something in this; So don't be scammed.
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