No matter how much we may want to deny it, there *are* bad people in this world. People who don’t think twice about taking your money from you through illegal and unethical means. They do it easily, without guilt or remorse.
This article is a compilation of anecdotes by real people, who were scammed or almost got scammed. Thank you to all who contributed.
Hacking. Ransomware. Phishing. It’s a scary time for all of us, especially now that most of our money is digital. ‘Digital’ here refers to money and assets that are reflected in your various banking and investment platforms when you log in.
Digital security is not something you can ignore anymore, dear readers. Imagine logging in one day and finding that your account balance is zero, depleted, transferred out. You’ll stare at the screen in disbelief. You’ll check if the account is indeed yours, and try to remember if you made any transactions that you forgot about (you didn’t). Then, as the panic seeps in, you’ll contact the platform’s support team, only to be told that there is nothing they can do.
To the best of my ability, I’m compiling a checklist of things you should do to make sure your digital money is adequately protected. This article is not complete, digital-based scams evolve all the time, so please help me to update this article if you have anything else to add.
You know you gotta invest. That’s how you can achieve financial freedom. But dude, there’s way, WAY too many investment options out there. Some are legit, some are not. How do you know which ones are investment scams?
As someone who reads/works/writes about finance, I like to think that I can make that snap judgement whether an investment opportunity is legit or not. The last thing I want is an ‘investment’ that actually scams me out of my money, you know? In a Lowyat thread I was recently reading, this girl was lamenting her father’s tendency to get sucked into such ‘investments scams’, which resulted in him losing much of his money. Fella’s retired, too 🙁 My heart breaks for this girl.
So I thought, Imma write about what I know about spotting un-legit investments.
Friends, if you’re internet-dependent like me, chances are you have been exposed to Forex advertisements. Maybe from Google, maybe from Facebook, maybe even from websites and blogs (like this one).
I mean, you ignore ads, of course. You’re already used to being bombarded, courted by many companies who want you to try their products and services. It’s likely that by now, your eyes sorta glaze over those ads, barely even registering it.
But once in a while, they caught your attention.
And you, with your tight budget, suddenly wondered, what if this is the solution to my financial problems?
As someone who felt the exact same thing and kinda dabbled in it, without committed any of my own money (and didn’t profit from it either), let me give you the lowdown in Forex, including that time I unknowingly worked in a Forex company.