If you're like many of us that get online but aren't the most "worldly" of Internet surfers, beware of the traps that are waiting for you.  If you step into one, it won't be long before you find out that you've been taken.  How do you avoid being scammed and vulnerable to online fraud?  Think about and reflect on your online behavior.





Here are some behaviors you want to avoid while online.  DON'T do the following:

  • Sign up for "free trial" offers.  Yikes!  These trap you in contracts that you'll find very difficult to get out of.
  • Click on pop-up ads.  No, no, NO!  If you do this just once, you could easily download computer malware that might steal information on your computer and/or cause your computer operating problems.
  • Open e-mail from people you don't know.  Once again, if you do this, you're taking the chance of doing the same thing as with pop-up ads.
  • Download applications (apps).  This is the same scenario as the previous.

Want to read about more behaviors you don't want to exhibit?  Click here and see what the AARP suggests.