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How can I tell if an offer is legitimate or a scam?

  • A basic rule is: If it's too good to be true or contains a threat to cancel your AOL account, health insurance, or some other service, it is probably a scam.
  • Remember that AOL will never ask you for your screen name and password by email, over the telephone or in an instant message.
  • Always be suspicious of now or never and free for a price offers, or Get Rich Quick and other business schemes.
  • Also, be suspicious of any email that claims you need to buy now or immediately or risk missing out on the offer.
  • Does the business that sent you the offer have a physical address? Legitimate businesses will list a street or P.O. box address.