DEVELOP YOUR DIGITAL STREET SMARTS
There are always 3 major red flags in these types of scams:
- The 1st is unsolicited contact. Sellers jumping into your mentions or DMs to sell you bottles is not something a legit business will do. At this point you need to be asking yourself did I initiate this contact? Do I know this person? Did I ask for this?
- The 2nd is urgency. Scammers want to get the deal done quickly. Boiler room tactics are a major red flag. Take your time and think the deal through.
- The 3rd is that at some point they're going to demand payment, usually through unconventional means such as gift cards, wire transfer, or apps like Zelle, Venmo, and Cash App.
If you step back, think, and ask yourself some questions in these situations, you're very unlikely to get scammed.