The problem with scams, is that some people are just inherently more susceptible to them than others. I got caught in a YouTube rabbit-hole the other day watching videos where regular people try and scam scammers… There’s a guy called Kitboga, who literally just calls these scam call centers, lets them access his computer (using a virtual machine that he’s booby trapped and can monitor what they’re doing) and his entire goal is just to waste as much of their time as possible. It’s pretty entertaining.
But a common scam he runs into, is someone being called up by a call center, and the agent telling them that they’re to be paid a refund for something, but instead of the customer being refunded $400, the agent accidentally refunds them $4000. (in reality, they’ve not refunded them anything) The agent then goes into a fake panic, and says that if they don’t get the $3600 back they’re going to lose their job, then their home, then their family etc. But of course, you can’t just pay the money back… you have to go down to Best Buy or Target and purchase $3600 worth of gift cards, and email them the numbers.
You have to wonder who falls for these kind of things. Refunds for purchases you never made… calls from foreign countries telling you to pay huge sums of money via a gift card. But clearly, some people do fall for them.
But, to your question…
If I were a scammer, I know who I’d pick on, and who I wouldn’t. I’d pick on the people who are brand new. But not just brand new, I’d pick on the people who seem desperate for a client to order from them. The people who write things like “100% Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Money Back Guarantee”, and offer unlimited revisions. And people who offer way too much work for absolute rock-bottom prices.
I’d pick on these people because they seem like the kind of people who would go along with my scam. That’s the sad truth about scams… scammers pick out their marks beforehand, and they target those who they think will be easy.
I genuinely believe that if more people made their profiles look more professional… if they priced their services accordingly, and made it clear that they’re not a desperate seller, but a quality service provider who should be considered equal to a buyer, that people would get singled out less. I think the best way to avoid being scammed, is to avoid being picked on in the first place.