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6. Avoid Online Scams Wrap-Up

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In this lesson, you learned how to identify and avoid scams when buying or selling something online.

By listening to KaMar’s story, you identified things that were suspicious or questions that you had about the situation that helped you understand that the buyer was trying to scam KaMar.

To complete the lesson, you: Created a new document in Google Docs, Added a title and headings to organize your document, Used bullet points to list your observations, Highlighted key observations, And made and evaluated a group decision.

Throughout the lesson, you identified and reflected on the warning signs of online scams.

This lesson focused on one type of online scam, known as a buying and selling scam.

Other scams might target you for identity theft or bank information, or try to get you to open files or websites infected with computer viruses.

Identifying and avoiding all types of scams is important for your online safety.

If KaMar had been less careful, he could have sent a pair of sneakers to someone who didn’t pay for them!

By identifying scams, you can avoid losing items that you’re selling to fraudulent buyers or paying for something that a seller never sends you.

Identifying scams also helps you avoid sharing sensitive personal information with the wrong people and keeps you safe from hacked accounts and identity theft.

If you identify a scam, you should also learn to report it to the website where it appears and contact law enforcement.

Remember, you can avoid scams by: Buying and selling on trusted websites, Avoiding suspicious buyers and sellers, Inspecting emails and documents for authenticity, And confirming payments directly in your accounts.

Unfortunately, online scams are common on the internet.

Apply what you learned in this lesson to stay safe.

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