(As seen in All You Magazine – August 2011)
- Look closely at the site. Is it a company whose name you recognize? Is the site poorly made? Are there broken links, bad graphics or errors?
- Check the date the site was made. Usually, this is located in the footer at the bottom of the page. If it is recent, do some more digging.
- Search for the owner of the site via WHO IS.
- Call the company
- Do a search for the item, or the website address with the word “scam,” nine times out of ten, if it is a reported scam, you will find sites listing it as such.
- If you so submit your information, look for pop up’s, this is a good sign the offer isn’t legit.
- Trust your gut! If it just doesn’t look right to you, no matter how many sites are posting it, then don’t sign-up for it.
- Make sure the sample is available in your State/Country by reading all terms by the manufacturer.
- NEVER give out financial information. Most free sample offers require your name, mailing address, email and phone number.
- When signing up for free sample or products, be sure to uncheck where they offer to send you information, this is unless of course you want the information, this will cut down on unwanted emails.
- Sign up for a free email address from hotmail, gmail, or yahoo to use when signing up to cut down on email offers or spam.
- Don’t give your real phone number unless you trust that it is a reputable company.
- Set up and use Google’s AutoFill Application (already installed on the toolbar) for a quicker way to fill in forms. Most browsers have this option, look in under “tools” for directions.