by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 21, 2009)
It's so easy in today's world to run into fraud, whether that be real estate, credit, or really anything financial. You always need to be on the lookout for those who wish to steal your money through deception and scams. While financial scams will always be around, there are ways you can avoid them and secure your financial stability.
One of the biggest things to remember when encountering a potential money scam is to make sure you know what makes an establishment legitimate. What kinds of credentials do they need to have and what services should they offer? Check out a few different services in whatever field you're investigating and look for similarities and trends. If you do research in regards to whatever financial area you're looking into, then you'll know what is necessary and what is not.
Something else to always pay attention to is what kinds of questions people ask regarding your finances. If a service or something of the like is asking for information that they really don't need for what they say they'll be doing then chances are they're not legitimate. Use discretion when giving out information about your finances and other sensitive issues; some things people just don't need to know and if they're asking for that information, then you shouldn't be doing business with them.
Recognizing and avoiding financial scams is largely based on using your brain and common sense. Those emails asking for money or containing some far fetched story about some Nigerian prince are rubbish and should be treated as such. Never act on any email or forward or junk mail that promise something or tries to compel you to feel sorry for whatever cause. Try to do business with already known and reputable establishments; you can venture business with a less known entity but make sure you know what you're getting yourself into and that it's legitimate and clean.
Recognizing and avoiding financial scams isn't hard and simply requires a little bit of research and a lot of common sense. If you feel iffy about anything, even slightly, then don't go forward; your financial well being isn't worth the risk of doubting. Be prudent and cautious when it comes to your finances and those you let handle them and you'll be set to go when it comes to keeping your money safe.
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