Friday, February 3, 2012

What To Do if You Signed Up For A Fake

Most fake freebies are more or less harmless. If they’re just trying to get your info or have you sign up so they get paid, the worst that can happen is you might get a lot of spam

There are a few steps you can take if you have already signed up for a fake, and use these steps to protect yourself in the future:

1. Have an alternate email account to use for signing up for freebies. You can get a free alternate email through Gmail or Yahoo, it is painless and fast and free.

2. For an alternate phone number, you can use your own number but change a digit or two, or just make a number up. Or you can check out Google Voice to set up a free phone number to use in forms, so you don’t have to use your home number!

3. Malware or viruses may have been loaded on your computer from a fake freebie pop up.  Run a scan with a good antivirus program and/or a malware fighter such as Malwarebytes Antimalware.   They have a free version that works fine and will remove threats on your computer.  Be sure you have a good antivirus program whenever you’re connected to any network, including the internet! 

4. If you’ve signed up for an offer on Facebook, you may want to remove the app so they can’t access your profile or post on your behalf. You should go through your apps regularly as a matter of course, since sometimes they are very sneaky about adding themselves. 

5. Follow Little Mom on the Prairie. I keep you up to date on fake freebies as soon as I see anything fishy. You can follow us via Google Friend Connect or via email, so you do not miss out on any Fake freebie Alerts!

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