Thursday, January 30, 2014

Common Sense: What a Concept!

Do you use common sense before acting on what you read on the internet?

Wouldn't it be great if we could all use some common sense before acting? Of course it would and yet our lives are full of numerous examples of where this concept did not hold true. Among the many examples of this is how often people act without thinking from something they read on the internet or receive via email.

Have you ever clicked on a link you shouldn't?

Have you ever read something and acted on it without considering that it may have come from an internut?

That's right, I didn't misspell, I said, "internut". That is the common nickname for the con artists that have infected the internet, they are referred to internuts. I like to just call them con artists and hope that you will too.

My message today is about exercising some common sense before you act on things you encounter or read on the internet. Just because you read it there is reason for pause. I advise ALL clients not to act on internet advice before checking out with their actual advisors. I can tell you that the clients who followed this advice saved themselves a ton of money.

What does it take to exercise common sense about the internet? Try these simple steps:

1. Stop before clicking and acting.

2. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

3. Never, ever trust an internet source as your only source. Verify, check out and take it to your CPA, lawyer or other advisor before acting. Ask a trusted friend or family  member before jumping into that offer.

Three easy and simple steps and added up they equal common sense.

Let me know your thoughts and please join our conversation. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Bernie Greenberg

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