Cyber Crime and Online Scams – Both Are On the Rise

Unfortunately, we are living in desperate times. COVID-19 coupled with technology has unemployed masses of people worldwide. Shelter-in-place and state shutdowns have increased the online business world, but there has been an increase in cybercrime and online marketing scams also.

Cyber Crime Up 600%

How I Fell Victim to an Online Scam

Recently, I wanted to purchase a water cooler so I googled “water cooler” and many advertisements poped-up. My wife and I chose the one we liked and were redirected to the online store in which the water cooler was sold. Before making the purchase I looked for the location of the company and product in order to estimate approximate delivery time. The business address was Bellingham, WA (within the USA) so we made the purchase.

We were sent a confirmation email and a few days later we were sent a tracking number. I performed a track of my purchase to find the product was shipping from China. I immediately went to the website to look for contact information. There was only an email address. I emailed them and stated “If the business and product are in Bellingham, WA why is the product coming from China?” The listing states the product is located in Bellingham, WA. I was informed via email that all products come from China. 🙁

A few days later the website and email were shut down. I should have googled the business to see if it had complaints and for customer reviews then I would have seen that this was a SCAM. Fortunately for me, the lesson was not very expensive.

What to Look For When Purchasing Online

There are several ways to find out if an online business is a scam. As mentioned previously, whenever you are choosing to make an online purchase if the company is not a well-known company with a proven track record (good reviews) I would suggest doing more research about the business. Google is an effective tool for researching internet businesses and ftc.gov/scams is another helpful resource.

How to Avoid Online Scams

There is really no way to dodge all of the scams being thrown at us every day. This is a fact, but there are some things that we can do to lessen the possibility of being scammed:

  1. Ensure seller/company has a physical address, phone number, and email that work
  2. Read return, warranty, and privacy policy. If there is none of the aforementioned consider taking your business elsewhere
  3. Look for “padlock” next to URL (web address) to ensure the website is secure
  4. Google the company looking for complaints and reviews

There is no full-proof method to employ to avoid being scammed online. Even scammers have been scammed.  Once again, check out the company before you transact the business.

Immediate Action Steps to Take If You are Scammed

If you think you have been scammed online here are a few steps that you can take:

Summery

Technology has been slowly replacing the human workforce. Read… COVID-19 has accelerated the process of replacing people with automation. People are becoming very desperate to put money in their pockets. The internet is the new platform for committing crimes, so we must be aware and vigilant in order to lessen the possibility of being a cybercrime victim. Before making an online purchase check out the website/seller/company. If you should fall prey to an online scam take the steps previously mentioned to recoup any loss.

If you are feeling the effects of a lay-off due to COVID-19 or technology replacement click here to explore a possible means of income restoration. Until next week, be safe and be prosperous.

12 thoughts on “Cyber Crime and Online Scams – Both Are On the Rise”

  1. A huge thank you for this article and it is important that we continue to share this type of information so that it helps others and that the criminals stop doing this to vulnerable unsuspecting people. I can completely believe that due to the world that we are in everyone really does need to stay alert and aware as to what is going on and research before parting with money is really key.

    Great article so thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Yes, most of us are side-tracked with COVID-19 and finances and are unaware of the increase in criminal activity via the internet. Pass the word and stay healthy and safe. 🙂

  2. Wow, I can’t believe your story with the water cooler. I mean I do, it’s just sad. My friend ordered some masks. They said they were made in the U.S. She ordered them about 3 months ago. She was supposed to get them the beginning of April. She still has not gotten them, and update showed that they would be coming from China 🙁 I know I have gotten burned as well. Too bad so many people have to use a situation to take advantage of others.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. It is a shame that life has taken some people to seek crime rather than use their minds to create an income as we are doing. Now that many people have lost their job or have been laid-off for an extended period of time, people are desperate to make ends meet and unfortunately, some people would rather hurt someone to get what they need/want. Anyway, stay vigilant, safe, and healthy.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read. I believe it to be important to be aware of cybercrime seeing that the internet is our way of life and for us our way of business. Again, thank you. Be well, safe, and prosperous. ?

  4. This is a great article. I remember getting scammed once and then learning my lesson. It happened to my wife too with watches. These methods get sophisticated, which then gives consumers some pause to think about what to purchase. Your suggestions for protecting yourself against scammers is spot on. It only helps when we take care of ourselves. Thanks for the article! It helped me review something important, especially now. 

    1. Thanks Robert for sharing your story. Yea, these online scammers are getting really savvy at stealing people’s money and it’s becoming more difficult to differentiate the good from the bad. The upside is while I was writing this article and doing my research I came across the information to recoup my money. ? Anyway, all we can do is the best that we can do and hope all turns out well. Take care bud.

  5. hello dear,thanks for taking out your time to put up such an insightful review on the rapid increase of cyber crimes and online scam. the current state of the globe has really pushed a lot of persons into various sort of side hustle to make ends meet and this has indeed lead to a lot of persons creating platforms and offering intending members the opportunity to get rich at the clap your hands… thanks for sharing such and insightful preview it will go a long way to preventing people from being conned by these scam platforms…

    1. Thanks, friend for your comment. Not only are people being scammed via products but there are a lot of people selling “Get Rich Quick” scams if you join our platform, buy my program, and join our community! Glad that you mentioned the platform(s). It is absolutely terrible that so many are willing to sell their soul/integrity for a dollar. You be safe, healthy, and prosperous.

  6. Hello there,  thank you for this very detailed post,  it is no news that as technology is advanacing everyday,  so also cyber criminals and cyber crimes are on the rise also,  thus it Is very important that internet users becomes very smart in ther dealings on the internet so as not to fall prey to these criminals looking to who to defraud of their hard earn money.

    1. Thank you for reading my post. Yes, internet users need to be just as sophisticated as cybercriminals. So, stay alert and be diligent on what is going on in the cyber world. You take care.

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