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Monday, November 24, 2014

Avoiding Scams





The number of people that would very much like to part you with your money are astounding. I run into scams all the time, as a blogger and a model. So far,  I haven't fallen for any yet that I'm aware of.  It's important to keep your eyes open for potential scams. After all, I like my money being mine, and not in the hands of a dishonest organisation. 

Avoiding Scams as a Blogger:

1) Never give out your password for anything. 
2) Check the integrity of any website you link to.
3) Emails from outside your home country, unless you have a working relationship with a company/person outside of it, should be approached with caution.
4) Do not sign up for those "Promote Your Blog", "Instant SEO",  or  "Improve your Visibility" services. Those things are fishy. Some of them may work, but others WILL rip you off.
5) If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Avoiding Scams as a Model:

1) If you're a new freelancer,  no one is going to pay you $100 an hour. Run in the opposite direction. 
2) If there is no phone number on a website, it's probably a scam. 
3) If the language in an email is off or they refer to "your area", it's fishy. 
4) You should never pay for photo shoots as a new model. I have yet to pay a dime. If they want money, skip it. 
5) If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Avoiding Scams in General:
1) Be careful with cheques, you don't want people to have your account number. 
2) Remember not to put your personal address on the Internet.
3) Don't have your personal websites (Facebook, etc.) linked with your blog/work stuff. Make another email address for your blogging/modelling/whatever. 
4) Trust your gut. 
5) If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

3 comments:

  1. Great post and tips! I always go by the if it seems to good to be true, it probably is :)

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    1. That's the best tip I have to give! It makes me sad when people say they doubted something, but still went for it.

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