How To Not Get Taken for a Ride (Deception Protection)

Are you a deception magnet?

Have you ever had a bad experience with someone deceiving you? You were eager to trust them, only to find out they were up to no good. Have they gotten you to do something or believe something that wasn’t true?

How did you feel after having been deceived? When you found out about the deception, how did you react?

Learn How to Detect Deception and Protect Yourself

  1. What is deception?
  2. Why are people so susceptible to deception?
  3. Prevalent tactics of scamming deception.
  4. Tactics to protect yourself against deception.

Deception is a painful experience that is difficult to get over. Feelings caused by being deceived can be complicated and intense, leaving the victim with a longer recovery period.

It can hurt emotionally, physically and financially. It is always a source of disappointment, frustration, anger, and even devastation.

Deception is often used as a strategy in business, politics and spirituality, and is sometimes so subtle that we don’t realize it has been used against us.

This article focuses more on the scamming angle of deception.

A good way to start off the process of recovery from deception is by figuring out why you were deceived in the first place.

1.  What is Deception?

Deception is a very diverse concept and an act of deceiving or the state of being deceived.

At its most rudimentary, deception is a false or mistaken idea about something.

In another sense, deception is a term meaning to catch by trickery or entrapment; it also refers to the use of words calculated to deceive or mislead. It is a process of communication in which one party (the deceiver) intentionally tries to mislead another party about reality – the intentional act to create a false belief in another party by withholding valuable information or communicating information that is untrue.

2.  Why Are People So Susceptible to Deception?

If there’s one thing we all hate, it’s getting tricked. Even intelligent and informed people can be scammed because they fail to question information that appears to be of high quality or doesn’t fit their belief system.

We are all prone to deception.

People confuse reality with their expectations. Many people don’t want to look foolish or uninformed when they encounter a lie. That is why they do not question misrepresentations and half-truths.

How about greed? The unbridled lust for prosperity is a gateway drug to deception.

The seemingly endless need to consume material things is so compelling that it can be hard to resist. Whether we confirm or deny it, personal greed is a problem. The antidote is to curb materialism, but it’s easier said than done.

Many people are gullible and naïve. They are extremely trusting and believe almost everything told. They value honesty and assume others tell the truth as well. Therefore, it is easy to be tricked by lies, exaggerations, and deceitfulness.

You know the expression “all that glitters is not gold”. It’s easy to be tricked into doing anything for a promise of gold.

That’s the lure scammers themselves are using to lead you to financial ruin. They promise you quick and easy wealth, with a “little” investment in their hand-crafted program.

What’s shocking is that many are willing to take such great risks without questioning their future well-being. They just believe.

There are unscrupulous criminals out there trying to take advantage of people who are looking for a quick way to become rich.

Deception is a mind game. Don’t get tricked!

The world is full of fake conspiracy theories, fake news, deceiving information and snake-oil salesmen.

Online technology has made it easier than ever to fall victim.

As well worth mentioning: People with the strongest self-protection mechanisms might be most vulnerable.

One might also argue that people don’t get deceived by others; they ultimately deceive themselves.

Understanding why deception is so widespread can help you avoid falling victim to it.

It doesn’t matter if someone is lying about the benefits of a product, or if some of the feedback you get is fake; if you know why and how to spot these patterns, you can better protect yourself.

3.  Prevalent Tactics of Scamming Deception

There’s no shortage of scammers on the internet. Fake websites, lurid stories, and empty promises are all part of a well-crafted marketing campaign designed to trick you into revealing information you don’t want to be found.

The scammers are very good at their job, although not unbeatable, and they are incredibly patient and skilful. They understand and cater to your needs.

There Are Thousands of Scamming Tactics – Here Is a Few:

  • Hijack email addresses and phone numbers and impersonates legitimate sources. They spread lies through email and social media, and they mimic the styles and contours of online brand messages.
  • After convincing you to reveal sensitive information (your credit card number, expiry date, etc), they will either scam you out of money or use it to extort other information from you.
  • A website that claims to offer a free trial version of your software but, in fact, it contains hidden costs that will disappear after a few minutes. These kinds of vulnerabilities can be used by scammers to steal data from victims who have entrusted their information to free online services.
  • Sending emails with tempting offers you can’t refuse and telling you that the payments are coming through quickly.
  • False profiles on social media like LinkedIn where they recruit potential victims. The free LinkedIn service is perfect for scammers, allowing them to post and read from their own accounts.
  • Impersonate legitimate businesses and receive funds from customers via communications that appear to come from legitimate sources.
  • Data breach notifications are often accompanied by an equally clear threat: if you don’t tell us, we’ll break into your computer and steal all your stuff.
  • Exploiting security holes in software, especially when you don’t update regularly. This allows hackers to take over your computer.
  • As technology evolves, online pickpockets – criminals who steal information from customers – have found new ways to break into and steal data from computers. One widely used method involves using software programs that mimic the appearance of legitimate software applications. When a user clicks on one of these programs, they provide the criminal with access to the interior of their computer and other sensitive information.
  • Up-front fees and recurring payments.
  • Fake reviews of how great their products or services are.
  • The world of technical support is a dangerous one. While many companies provide legitimate services, others use software that is worthless to trick you into calling so they can offer you expensive repairs. These scammers make great profits off unsuspecting victims.

4.  How to Protect Yourself Against Deception

Every minute, thousands of criminals use dishonest methods to scam and deceive internet users.

Beneath the surface, the internet is a dangerous place.

Scammers, fraudsters and other cybercriminals are lurking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims who do not protect themselves against deception.

Some people think they are too smart to be taken advantage of. Big mistake!

25 Tactics to Protect Yourself Against Scammers:

  1. Be alert. There are so many distractions that can fool you into clicking a link that downloads malware on your computer or phone.
  2. Be aware of spoofing (fake websites or emails). Always look for signs of spoofing, like wrong logos, and other red flags on websites or in emails before submitting any personal information through them.
  3. Do not engage with suspicious individuals. If they try to contact you online or through social media, block them immediately.
  4. Do not reveal your location or travel plans. If you are going on vacation, be sure to disable location tagging in all of your photos so that no one knows your geographical whereabouts.
  5. Don’t make hasty decisions under pressure. When in doubt, take your time before making a big decision and ask yourself if you really need to make it right away.
  6. Don’t answer invitations from unknown senders.
  7. Don’t be fooled by the fact that they are calling you or emailing you.
  8. Don’t trust anyone who says they can make you lots of money, but only if you give them some money first.
  9. Don’t trust someone who comes to you with a message saying they are going to give you money or goods for free. This is a classic scam.
  10. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is … your mind is your biggest protection. Always be sceptical!
  11. Look out for red flags such as “free trial” offers and “get-rich-quick” schemes.
  12. Look out for typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors to catch out the low-end scammers.
  13. Never ever divulge your passwords on email or phone. It doesn’t matter who requests it.
  14. Never pay upfront.
  15. Protect yourself by educating yourself. Learn the different kinds of scams and do your research well before buying something. To avoid deception, be more specific with your thoughts. Make sure they are backed by facts and logic.
  16. Remember that reviews can be falsified, manipulated and faked by sellers.
  17. Report fake social media profiles and scam messages also to protect other potential victims.
  18. Report spammers to their service providers. It’s called “Spam Abuse”.
  19. Shred all documents containing your biographical information before throwing it away.
  20. Some scammers will claim that you have won something and that you need to pay for it in order to collect your winnings.
  21. Use strong passwords for all your online accounts. Add spaces and symbols to your passwords and consider using a Password Manager programme.
  22. Use the latest anti-virus programs available and update daily.
  23. Websites with “https” are safer than “http” The “s” means the site is secure.
  24. When in doubt, always remain vigilant and look for danger signs – whether it’s suspicious emails or social media activity that seems too great to be true.
  25. You can tell that someone is a scammer by how they act. Scammers will try to give you a hard time if you ask questions or push back when they are trying to sell you something.