Be Prepared for Scams – Yes they do happen
If you’re familiar with the Web, you’ve probably seen a lot of ads for free computers for seniors, such as laptops and home computers and software that makes things easy. Don’t forget there is never a free lunch.
Use extreme caution when investigating these offers. It’s true that advertising agencies and big corporations offer legitimate promotions. But, even those PR deals require you to complete certain tasks and provide a lot of information you’d rather not.
Additionally, your gift may be real, but there’s a catch. For example, you’re offered a free laptop as a premium for completing a certain number of surveys, but the laptop is simply the hardware – you still need to install software to make it operate.
Consequently, that “free” laptop may cost many dollars. If that seems like a good discount on a new computer, give it a try, but remember, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.
Other offers ask for all your personal information before fully explaining the promotion. Avoid these completely.