Email Lists: How to Avoid Scams
Purchasing email lists is a great way to get thousands of leads in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, it’s become so popular that people have found ways to scam others out of their hard earned money. People wind up paying hundreds of dollars for lists to receive no results. Follow these tips to avoid internet scams.
Purchase a Small List First
When you purchase an email list with thousands of emails, there is a chance that they will not be legitimate emails. This can lead to wasted money and wasted time. To help determine if a company is legitimate, order a smaller package and test the email addresses to see if they work.
Always check online reviews before ordering from a company online that you are not familiar with. Customers that do not receive their email list or receive bogus emails are more likely to post a negative online review. Sometimes, one dissatisfied customer can leave an online review that is not real. If there are several reviews stating that the business is a scam, it should be seen as a red flag.
Contact Customer Service
Before purchasing anything, contact customer service. Some businesses post bogus contact information assuming that customers will not try to contact customer service until they have already sent them money. Before making a purchase, take the time to give the business a call and send them an email. If the contact information is correct it doesn’t mean the business is legitimate, but if they aren’t it’s a red flag.
Follow Internet Safety Rules
Internet safety is always important, and it’s a great way to avoid falling for internet scams. Do not give out personal information, such as a social security number, bank account number, etc. If a company asks for any personal information, do not conduct business with them.
Companies that sell a product, including lists of email addresses, know their product. Before purchasing, contact the company to ask them questions, such as what other information will be available or what prices are available. While you are on the phone, get the name of the person you are speaking with. If it’s a scam, they will give vague answers about products, not give out the same information that is on the website and might freeze when you ask them their name.
The adage that if it’s too good to be true it usually is rings true. If one business is selling the same product as other businesses at a drastically cheaper rate, it’s important to do your research. Scams often do this to entice potential customers. Then, customers never get their product and the supposed business keeps their money.
Trust Your Gut
One of the best ways to avoid online scams is to trust yourself. If your gut instinct is telling you that something is wrong, take your business elsewhere. Often, people ignore that instinct because everything seems legitimate, but then they regret that same decision later. You should always trust yourself.