Don’t Fall Prey to Online Appeal Scams

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People to this day can fall prey to online appeal scams and it does happen more often as you might think.

So, even in this day and age with all the knowledge we have about scams and frauds, it still will happen.

By now you might think, there are so many warnings out there that it should be almost impossible to become a victim of something like, falling prey to an appeal for a disaster, which isn’t legit.

Well, as you will find out soon it does happen.

Yes, there are “dirty” characters out there who actually will take a disaster, any disaster actually, to prey on the goodness and willingness of people. Not realizing they will turn to be a victim too.

Here are some Pointers you should look out for

  • The Donation Scam. You may receive emails, letters or will come to an online page where they ask you for your help and generosity. Facebook & Twitter are unfortunately “good” platforms for “bad” intentions. If you really want to make a donation to any charity or disaster, I suggest you choose legitimate organizations like the “Red Cross” and go directly to their websites or if possible call a local branch near you.

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  • Malware Attacks. Through Social Media sites or in emails, you will be directed to another website, which will often lead to the result that you unknowingly downloading malware onto your computer. This will most of the time happen because you think you click on a link belonging to a  site you trust, like a newspaper or a news channel. Nothing is holy to these scammers. The new technology is not only available to the good guys, but also to those who don’t  have your pure interests at heart.

There is more information available on a great website called “Hoax-Slayer”, you can read more about by clicking here.

Don’t worry, I don’t give you any malware nor do I ask for any donations.

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This article is for your information only and should help you to be better prepared next time you may read something like this.

If you had been a victim once to an appeal scam, I would like to hear from you. You can leave a comment below.

Thank you for reading it 🙂

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18 thoughts on “Don’t Fall Prey to Online Appeal Scams

  1. Hi Sylvia

    There are so many scams out there. I think that taking preying on people’s goodwill following a natural disaster is one of the worst. I live in Australia and there have a few natural disasters here such as floods and fires. Although the majority of people are immediately keen to help those in need for no compensation or benefit – most of them remain anonymous – there are a few who do take advantage of people’s kindness to scam them. It is they who have to live with themselves!!

    Lucinda

    1. Hi Lucinda,

      this is a question I am asking myself all the time, it really beats me? I couldn’t take advantage of someone alrady in distress. How can you look at yourself in the mirror?

      Sylvia

  2. My girlfriend isn’t very computer savvy when it comes to the Internet. She actually got scammed on some Malware issues and ended up destroying her PC. Even with all the Anti-Virus software out there. Malware is always evolving. If you don’t update your Anti-Virus almost weekly, sure enough you might get caught with your pants down. I try to teach her the basics. But sometimes there isn’t hope! I this article on to her!

    1. Joh, your are so right on that, updating your Anti-virus and anti-malware is of absolute importance. Sorry to hear though that your girl friend had to go through such an experience.

      Sylvia

  3. Hello Sylvia,
    I too have seen this far too much online and it does happen more and more these days.
    Makes me wonder what kind of people there are in the world that would take the suffering of others and attempt to line their own pockets by it.
    I know it is a story as old as time and we humans prey on one another like a cat stalking a mouse. It just makes me ill that it goes on.
    I have received such notices in my email, on my sites and seen them even on television. They are very brazon about it, like they think they will never get caught or something.
    Don’t they know that Karma will get them in the end, it always does.
    Thanks for your great warning.

    San

    1. Sam, you are welcome. I too agree with what you saying. It also boggles my mind every time that people still will fall prey after so many existing warnings out there.

      You catuallly can’t blame them. These con-artists going with the flow too and adjust their stradegies accordingly. You always have to be on the look out for sure.

      Sylvia

  4. Hello Sylvia

    It is great that you are letting us know about these Appeal type scams and it is such a shame that these scammers are everywhere. They certainly destroy any trust people will have in the interest. A rule I tend to go by these days is…” if they contact me …it’s a scam” and there is nothing for free online (well pretty much almost nothing) So from that bases I am skeptical about everything and it has served me well thus far.

    The only exception (which proves the rule) has been Wealthy Affiliate which has been just brilliant and I recommend to anyone wanting to learn how to make a living online. 😉

    1. Peter, this is exactly how I feel and see it too. I have been burnt at least a couple times before I came to Wealthy Affiliate. Glad I found this online marketing platform and I am still happy to this day.

      Sylvia

  5. So what exactly are the fraudulent signs one should look for? It seems obvious with many because it’s clearly unbelievable. But then it’s those tricky ones that sneak their way into your inbox and you dwell on them for some time because there likely is a bit of truth to it. How can you filter things into black and white?

    1. Hi Sarah,

      This is a great question and for sure also a complicated one. As you said it yourself, sometimes it feels there is some truth in it and you are starting to dwell on it for awhile before going further, or just leave it.

      In recent years and with the internet growing even faster then predicted, the scammers and fraudsters are swinging with it, refining their techniques.

      From my point of view there are a still few signs you always can see if it is a scam or not.

      – Lookout for emails they are getting so personal as the person would know you and your circumstances. This is the part where most people are really vulnerable and get caught

      – When they offer something for “absolute Free” and in the end telling you to get the “real” benefit of it when signing up for the next online course and the costs are to high, but no problem you can pay in comfy installments (which will give them access to your credit card information)

      – When you are being forced to make an “urgent” decision because by midnight this one time chance offer expires and won’t be seen again and you certainly won’t miss out.

      These are just a few suggestions where you can see and find out if something is the real deal or not.

      I hope did helped a bit. Always glad when people ask for more carification.

      Sylvia

  6. I’ve been coming across an abundance of scamming sites, and they’re honestly way too common. So many people are falling prey to these, and they’re losing a lot. Although, I really appreciate how you’re calling attention to it and stating the possible indications of a fraudulent site. Also, thank you for advising everyone to use “Hoax Slayer.” Your page definitely is very reliable, and I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind when I come across a suspicious site.

    1. Great to read that you find my article helpful. Recently I discovered though that the scammers oviously have done their homework and try to change their tactics.

      I will more investigate what are those new tactics and will write a review on that too.

      It certainly never stops, doesn’t it.

      Sylvia

  7. I’ve noticed a few online appeal scams on the web, and even read scam emails too.

    I think no matter what changes happen on the internet to combat these online scams, they are always going to find their way online and burn people.

    Thanks for the tips with the donation scams and also the malware attacks.

  8. Thank you for the information you share with us as fraud now are becoming more popular in the world, so am proud for your information as you are trying to help us.Your information are well important and keep it up for the good work and please update me the other type of fraud to happen.

    Best wishes
    Jose

    1. Thanks, Joe, for your comment.

      Keeping up with finding out about new frauds and scams are one of my priorities. It certainly is becoming a major work for everyone who wants to inform about these things.

      Sylvia

  9. Luckily I haven’t fallen prey to donation or malware scams! It’s very easy to see how some people, especially those less internet savvy users, might fall for them because some seen genuinely above-board. We’ve all heard the horror stories and that’s why it’s absolutely necessary to use caution when clicking on any link. One little click can end up costing a lot of time to straighten out not to mention money. Thanks for sharing!

    Erica

    1. Thanks, Erica for your comment and insight.

      You are so right too. This is why I have written this post in my own family I did safe two people who are alomost would have fallen prey to these scams and especially at this time of the year.

      Always be careful.

      Sylvia

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