Almost 60% Of Americans Are Oblivious To Online Scams

Apparently most Americans are trusting in nature when it comes to what they’ve read on the Internet. So much so that 58% of them probably thought that “online threats” doesn’t exist and only occur in Die Hard 4.0.

I find it suprising that a number of people fell for online scams for bizarre reasons like; “Well, they had a nice logo.

Mind you, I’m not unsympathetic to the victims. I was a scam victim as well, but of the offline type.

But fortunately for me, I manage to recover my money. Additionally, I shared my experience and many have either avoided gotten scammed or managed to recover their money as well as a result of this.

I think this simple formula could reduce the chances of you getting scammed: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

7 responses to “Almost 60% Of Americans Are Oblivious To Online Scams”.

  1. Criz's Sanctuary Says:

    Can’t seem to click on your scam victim link. I wonder why too. Anyway, that was one of the main cause why PayPal did not accept Malaysia as it was one of the top credit fault country. Don’t know how true it is but I heard that you can now transfer to Public Bank Debit Card and withdraw the cash out now. Can you help me clarify on this as there are not many search that can confirm this.

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Sorry about the link Criz. I’ve corrected it.

    I’m no economist or financial expert nor am I a Bank Negara official, but I think and assume that it’s Bank Negara who’s not letting PayPal operate in Malaysia. The reason is simple, they act like a bank, collect and transfer money like a bank, but yet they are not really registered as a bank.

    If PayPal was allowed to operate in Malaysia but not as a bank, it can be pretty much used as a money laundering tool very easily. And because it’s not operating as a bank, it’s hard to apply our AMLA laws on them.

    That is why I don’t use PayPal to receive money. Their future in Malaysia is uncertain at best. And I don’t want to get into unnecessary hassles dealing with an entity who’s status is uncertain in my country of residence.

    Anyway, you can’t withdraw PayPal money into any Malaysian bank account at all. Not with PB Debit Card, nor any other card.

  3. Kay Kastum Says:

    Hey..long time no comment! He he

    Of course there are other ways around it.
    BTW, care to share your PayPal alternative?

  4. Anthony Says:

    I’ve been fortunate, and have not been a victim to these losers. I think one of the easiest ones to fall for are all those fake ebay emails, that are telling people to update their account info or their accounts will be suspended.

  5. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Kay, I don’t use PayPal to receive money, and thus need no “alternatives”. Good old fashion cheques is my preferred method of receiving payments 🙂

    Anthony, Yep, agreed. Luckily for me though, I don’t usually have any of those “accounts” that need updating 😉

  6. Wahlau.NET Says:

    there is an oprah issue on this…….something like 1/10 fall for nigerian money scam……got quite a lot of stats…should go download that and watch

  7. Azlan Afandi Says:

    Well, I do use PayPal, but I do have a US based account. It’s not as hard as it sounds. If you don’t like Paypal, you can always try Moneybookers, it’s actually easier and you can’t withdraw to your account in whatever country it is that you live. The drawback is that it’s not so popular yet. Or just keep your paypal balance and use it to buy stuff online, that surely works!