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Avoiding Internet Fraud in Business and Investments

Along with the internet’s endless landscape of opportunity and resources, it also plays host to vast amounts of fraudulent activity that threaten user safety. Culled from protection tactics listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the following are tips to avoid forms of online business and investment fraud.

For Investments:

  • Be wary of special or “exclusive” investment propositions, particularly via e-mail when unsolicited.
  • Don’t assess a company or individual based on the look of their website; this can be very deceptive.
  • Do your own research and look for other information online regarding the company/ person. Never invest in anything you’re not 100 percent certain about. Examine all the terms and conditions.
  • Be especially vigilant if dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.

For Business Fraud:

  • Only buy goods from trustworthy and established merchants.
  • Get a physical address (other than a post office box) as well as a telephone number. Avoid purchasing from those who won’t provide you with this kind of information.
  • Call the number to see if it’s correct and working. Also e-mail the merchant to ensure the address is valid. Be especially vigilant with anyone that uses free e-mail services to conduct business transactions.
  • Only buy goods directly from the party that holds the patent, copyright, or trademark

For “419” Fraud (Or Nigerian Bank Scams):

  • Immediately delete e-mails from individuals whom you do not personally know that ask for bank or financial information. In addition, mark these messages “spam” or “dangerous” in your e-mail client.
  • Don’t believe anyone claiming to be a foreign government official who asks for your assistance in placing sums of money in overseas accounts and guarantees of monetary compensation for your involvement.
  • Carefully guard your account information. Protect your login info and change it frequently.

If you’ve been the victim of business or investment fraud online, call 800-449-4850 to contact the Southern California business fraud lawyer Art Matthews at Matthews Law Firm, Inc. for a free case review.

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