Protect yourself from getting involved
with a scammer. How? It's simple: Make sure you
verify the person you are dealing with.
There are many ways to verify the person
you are dealing with. Here are several ways to do this:
Beware of Unfamiliar Merchants. Don't buy on impulse from a
random site. If you are determined to buy from a seller that is
unfamiliar, check with the local consumer protection agency such as
the Better Business Bureau. (BBB). Also, get the physical address and
phone number in case there is a problem later.
To ensure that they are legitimate, do
your homework on the individual or company. .
Check the whois* at any domain registrar and see who owns
the site you are dealing with. If the domain is protected by a
privacy add-on, then question why they need to hide themselves.
If they are using a freebie web site like: something.freesite.com
then question why they won't pay the $10 to have a real domain where
you can verify who they are.
NOTE: It is illegal to lie about
who you are when registering a domain name. It is against the ICANN rules and the domain can be taken away when reported.
Verify the telephone number
listed on the site. If you cannot find it in the 411 lookup,
then simply call it and verify the person on the other end. If
they have no phone number listed (many do not) then check the whois
to see the telephone number listed and verify it that way. .
If they use Paypal, check their verified status.
Paypal makes it hard to hide who you are. .
If they have a domain name yet are using
yahoo or hotmail email accounts, question why. All domain
names that are hosted have free email accounts that can be used.
Any legit business owner would use their domain email addresses
because it's free advertisement for their site every time they send
a message. .
If you meet a person through a
interactive group or message board and ultimately start emailing
with them, really listen to what they say. Watch how they
talk. Even though you do not see this person face to face, you
can tell a lot just by listening. If they are not talking
directly to you, watch how they post messages and display
If you have a funny feeling or
doubt the person you are dealing with, then move on. Your gut
feelings about a person should be the ultimate deciding factor.
Remember: "You can be anyone you want to be - online". You never
know who the person is on the other end unless you verify who they
are. It's your right and your job to protect yourself! .
( Pronounced "Who Is")
A Whois databases contains full contact information about a domain
name. Each registrar maintains a Whois database containing all
contact information for the domains they register. A central
registry Whois database is maintained by the InterNIC. This database
contains registrar information for all .com, .net, .org, .biz,
.info, etc. domains. .