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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Protecting Yourself

Depending on the type of financial scam you encounter, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

Don’t Hand over Your Cash

You probably wouldn’t invest your hard-earned money in an investment scheme touted by a total stranger in a phone call. So why would you invest in response to an e-mail from a total stranger? One problem with e-mail scams is that they can look so professional and link you to an entire Web site that looks very official. This convinces the unwary that they are doing business with a reputable company when, in fact, there might be only a solitary scam artist behind the whole thing. But when you learn to see through the online bells and whistles, avoiding online financial scams is simply a matter ...

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