We’re all now used to the fact that scams are now pretty commonplace, especially online. If you want to stay safe and secure online, you need to be aware of which scams are out there. More and more people are being hit by ‘professional’ scams today.
These scams are carried out by people posing as professionals, such as lawyers and financial professionals. The average loss to these scams is £330, so you have to be careful.
What Are Professional Scammers?
A professional scammer is simply someone who pretends to be a professional in a respectable job when they’re actually out to take your money. They’ll usually pretend to be a person with authority and they’ll position themselves as being in a position to help you in one way or another. That’s not how things will play out in reality though. Under the guise of helping you, they’ll simply take your money.
How to Spot One of These Scammers
There are few things you can look out for and be aware of if you want to avoid being scammed by one of these professional scammers. Read about them below.
Check the Email Address
Sometimes, when a scammer sends an email, the email address used will be long and complicated, featuring lots of random letters and numbers. This is not a normal email address and it’s something that you should look out for when you receive a professional-looking email from someone you don’t know. It’s easy to spot and it should immediate alert you to something being wrong.
The Contact will Usually be Completely Unsolicited
When you’re contacted by one of these professional scammers, you’ll usually find that it’s entirely unsolicited. They’ll be the ones initiating the contact and you won’t have shown any interest in them or their services before. When something comes out of the blue like this, it’s probably a scam of some sort. Legitimate businesses and professionals don’t randomly contact individuals with offers of help.
They Might Try to Pressure You Into Decisions
If you’re contacted by one of these people and you show any kind of interest in what they’re offering, they’ll probably quickly try to pressure you into handing over your money. That’s because your money is all they’re interested in. They want to get your cash and move on, so pressuring you into decisions is another sign that they’re up to no good.
It’ll All Sound Too Good to be True
Finally, you should remember to stick to the mantra that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s very easy for these people to promise you whatever they like because they have no intentions of following through on any of it. That’s why you should ignore anyone who contacts you promising silly things.
It pays off to be careful when it comes to your online safety. If you’re approached by someone claiming to be a professional offering up their services, you should always be suspicious until you have a reason not to be.