How to keep safe on the Internet: Spotting a DSLR Scam
This post is a slight departure from my usual fashion-related items but after surfing the 'net for DSLR cameras I felt the need to write this post; about the camera scam. Being internet-savvy as I am (I've spent a LONG time on here and as such am incredibly paranoid of anything and everything) I immediately smelled a rat, but I know others wouldn't. And I particularly know many bloggers and my readers love photography, cameras and in particular shiny, fancy DSLRs and the prices can be very enticing to a skint student like myself. So, here's how to spot a fake or a scam;
Your first sign is the prices. So you've been looking for a website that's doing the £500 DSLR for cheap for just about forever, and then up pops this site offering it for £200. Now is the time for your alarm bells to start ringing; the store isn't one you've ever heard of and yet they are offering ridiculously low prices on all their items.
The next thing is the payment method. Unless it's someone you know or something you have arranged contractually with a company never ever ever just send money to a bank account. There will be no record other than on their end, you will not receive a receipt and poof! your money is magically gone forever, and you will never receive that too-good-to-be-true Pentax K-x.
Other things to keep an eye out for is the company address; if it's registered to a house rather than a business then most likely it's a scam. Also always check the website you are on is genuine - and the URL spelt right - as often these sort of scams will impersonate a real brand, and some are definitely cleverer than others making spotting a fraud very difficult.
I hope this was helpful to you! I certainly know if I were a couple years younger it would have been invaluable to me, and unfortunately there are some very nasty people out there. Keep safe on the internet, everyone :)