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What happened to free stuff actually being free stuff? I spend countless hours online trying to find cool stuff and freebies each and every week. I used to fail quite often until I learned about a few 'freebie scams', now I succeed in finding great free items each day. There are lots of different kinds of freebie scams on the internet these days. Today, I am going to cover a few of them to help aid you in finding the truly free free stuff and give you some tips along the way.

First of all, there is the dreaded 'participation required scam'. Yes, I consider this a scam when it comes to free stuff. You can usually tell these apart rather easily because of the * sign next to the offer. I truly and deeply despise these types of so called 'freebies'. How can something be free if you have to participate in something? The answer is, it's not! Usually, these are just a whole bunch of offers and ads wanting you to sign up for their product, site, service all crammed together. Most of these you might not of ever heard of, or even want.

The worst part of these is you get all kinds of pop ups and ads convincing you that you must sign up to continue when in fact they have nothing to do with the free item you set out to get. Suddenly, their 'simple' three to five step process has turned into thirty minutes or more of meaningless clicking, sign ups, and about twelve unwelcome emails you never wanted to begin with and you are still not any closer to your 'reward'.

Yes, now the freebie has become a reward. Jump through hoops to claim your prize. In the end, if you make it that far without giving up; you always end up having to complete offers which are not free. To complete the offers you need to enter credit card information on a page that might not be secure. My advice, NEVER EVER give out your financial information on a site even if you have the slightest bit of doubt about how secure a site is. Here is where you end up giving up and closing out all those windows and tabs with nothing to show for all that time you spent trying to get free stuff. Remember, time is money! Don't give your valuable time to these offers and get nothing in return!

Now, onto the next type of freebie scam, the 'just pay shipping and handling scam'. Yes, this too is a scam when it comes to finding truly free free stuff. Does it work? Yes. But, no matter how you look at it; it's no longer free if you have to pay even one penny to get it. Sometimes the site or ad will clearly state that you must pay the s&h, other times you must read the small print at the bottom. Always read the fine print on every offer before filling it out and if you have to 'agree to terms' make double sure you have read them and fully understand them. It's best to know what you are getting into before entering your information.

Once again, be very careful with your financial information. Some sites may appear to be secure when in fact they are not. If you ever get a pop up stating that you are about to send information over an insecure connection, it is a definite indication that your information is not safe on that site. My advice is to delete your information and exit out of it all. Your financial information is precious, don't let it fall into the wrong hands. If you decide to pay for something to be shipped to you, please use a prepaid credit card that is NOT linked to your bank account. Only have enough money on this card to pay the shipping fee required.

And last, but certainly not least we have a recent new free scam that has become rather popular. I call it the 'like scam'. This is when you have to 'like' a sites Facebook page to get something for free. This is not really considered a freebie, this is a trade. You are 'liking' them in hopes of getting some sort of free item that may or may not come. Personally, I have never had any luck doing this; my free items never arrived. I have found these kinda tricky cause you click 'Like' and then forget about it a few days later or so and then one day you see a post from them on your news feed. Then, you end up sitting there trying desperately to remember how and why they are on there. Sometimes you remember and other times it will remain an unsolved mystery.

The reason some companies and websites will do something like this is to simply generate 'Likes' or just to advertise more products to you.

Please keep in mind, that when you 'Like' a page or 'Fan' someone on Facebook; it is not always the actual company or brand. Anyone who has a Facebook profile is allowed to create pages for anything they want including a company or website they do not own. When you 'Like' a Facebook page, whoever owns the page can see your information, posts, etc. Please check your settings and be careful when connecting to pages you are unsure of. The best way to do this is to find their official website and use their link to their Facebook page. If there isn't a Facebook link, it means they do not have a Facebook page and any pages you find for them while searching on Facebook are not theirs. Doing this will lower your risk of falling victim to this kind of scam.

Now that you know about these 'freebie scams', finding free stuff should be a whole lot easier for you. As long as you watch out for these things and practice safe online surfing you shouldn't have any problems finding real free free stuff.

Till next time, remember, you heard it straight from the horse's mouth.

Street Talk

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