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How do I spot fake freebie offers?

How to Spot a Fake Freebie Offer.

 

When you see all the special offers online, do you wonder what is really too good to be true? There are a lot of offers you might think seem unrealistic. A scammer is only worried about getting you to click on an ad to make a quick buck or sell your information to someone else. REAL companies are trying to provide you a great product for free to get you to come back and create some brand loyalty. I work hard to post only offers I have personally checked out. Here is a list to check your freebies against to see if they’re spam or legitimate!

 

How I Spot a Fake Freebie Offer:

  • Look around on the site – usually the simpler the design the less likely it’s legitimate. Are there a lot of ads? Usually scammers are hoping you click on one!
  • The size/amount of product is unrealistic. A trial size of Tide is reasonable, a free trip to Paris? Unlikely!
  • Check out the contact information – if they’re not for real, they probably won’t provide you any info to contact them.
  • Go to WhoIs to check out the domain information. If the domain was created five minutes ago, be leery.
  • Any deal that requires you to pay only a small amount to receive a substantial amount of product are usually things to stay away from as well. If the offer says “pay $5 for $1000 worth of product” is something to run from!
  • NEVER give out your social security number, bank account information, or credit card info.
  • Set up a “junk” email address that you give out on all offers, this prevents you from being spammed by all sorts of items.
  • Set up a free Google phone number here.

 

How do YOU spot a fake freebie offer?

 

 

How to spot a fake freebie offer.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Krista Grandstaff

    Definitely good tips to keep in mind 🙂 My website was bogged down with complaints because another site was set up and was named so closely to mine, that after it shut down ( I guess after it scammed enough people..) I got all of the garbage…I had to close down a domain that I’d had for three years.. I just hope people read your tips and heed them 🙂

    1. couponswithq.com

      Oh no, Krista! That’s terrible! I’m so sorry! Technology and internet are wonderful tools, until you have to deal with someone misusing them!

  2. Kerstin

    Very descriptive post, I enjoyed that a lot.
    Will there be a part 2?

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