This is how you recognise and avoid a scam
Scams are usually planned and carried out so carefully that anybody can fall a victim to them. This is why you should be critical about all unexpected contacts and offers that are in any way suspicious.
How do I recognise a consumer scam?
New types of scams come up constantly, but they always have certain features.
In a typical scam, the contact or offer
- sounds too good to be true
- will only be valid for a very short period of time, so you must respond straight away
- is only targeted at you or a small selected group
- may contain spelling errors or poor Finnish
How can you avoid being scammed?
It is important that you are able to tell the difference between a scam and legitimate trade. If a seller contacts you unexpectedly or you receive an attractive offer, take your time to think about it. Look into it without rushing, talk about it to your friends or family and ask advice from the authorities.
Also consider the following:
- who is behind the offer, who am I dealing with?
- what am I about to commit to?
- what risks can there be if I accept the offer?
- what am I required to pay for?
- is the invoice I received unfounded?