Between diaper changes, time-outs, and homework, being a mom takes a lot of mental energy. Unfortunately, being overwhelmed and tired can also make you a prime target for scams. Stay on alert and guard your wallet and information with these three scams that are especially dangerous for moms.
Most modern moms spend a considerable amount of time on their phones researching, keeping in touch with friends and family, and taking photographs. Phone scams are especially popular because criminals can hide behind their voices to reach you, no matter where you are. Cellular Plus explains that experts say your best line of defense is to avoid answering callers with unfamiliar phone numbers. If you do answer and realize the caller is a scammer, hang up immediately and block that number.
Real Estate Scams
Real Estate Elevated talks about how as house flipping tv shows increase in popularity, sadly, so do scams. Viewers are excited about the idea of real estate investing. It seems glamorous and like a real, tangible way to make money. Unfortunately, scammers take that naive enthusiasm and twist it to their benefit. Real estate scammers often peddle their “expertise” under the guise of house flipping seminars. Also known as investment camps, the goal of the free seminar is to entice you to buy the next coaching platform – often billing you for as much as $50,000. To avoid these scams, thoroughly research any company that requests your money to teach you about real estate and reach out to trusted professionals to find information about house flipping and real estate.
We all know not to believe the Nigerian prince who just needs your help (and your money) to eventually make you very rich. However, email scammers have evolved their tactics in recent years. Get Safe Online recommends to be particularly wary of unsolicited emails from popular restaurants or retailers that offer you a free gift voucher. The email always contains a link to activate the gift card. Ultimately, the scammer wants you to click on that link so they can install malware onto your computer or to gather your personal information. To keep yourself protected from this scam, never click on links from unsolicited emails or share personal information via online questionnaires.
A mom’s life is busy enough without worrying about being the target of a scam. Stay informed and stay cautious, and you’ll be able to avoid being tricked. It’s very possible to balance work and being a mom, and to protect your family as much as possible.