How to detect online scam in seconds

The internet is fast becoming a new planet with millions of users across the globe. It has become a platform for interaction and transaction for many, but for others, its a platform to make some cool cents from unsuspecting users. Don't fall victim. Here's a guide on how to detect online scam in seconds.

1. Ask Google. I'm sure you must be wondering how possible that is. Its really as simple as it sounds. If you want to find out if a site's offer is a scam, just type the name of the website on google and put 'scam' behind it. Just like this:

 Google will instantly provide you with web pages where that site has been reviewed. On those sites, your doubt will be confirmed whether the site is a scam or not.

2.  Check the 'About' or 'Contact Us' page. Most scam sites don't usually have these pages. Those who are smart enough to create one, they do not care to develop it. You can immediately tell from one glance that the site is a scam. You'll notice how poorly developed those pages are. They'll definitely lack adequate information.

3. Who is their Sponsor? Are you applying for a scholarship, a grant or you're entering a contest? Don't be carried away by the mouth watering prizes which may never exist anyway. Make some extra efforts to find out who's sponsoring the website or organization. Especially when such bodies are offering 'gold and silver' for little or no fees. If you can't find out who their sponsor is, you can begin to look out for other loop holes.

4. Check Customer reviews. This is quite important. In fact, it saved me from loosing some bucks some months ago. I wanted to place an order for an apple Mac book which I found very cheap on Amazon. A friend warned me about the seller's offer, so I decided to see the customers' reviews. I was surprised to see that they weren't happy with the seller. He'd shipped a really older version of the Mac book which was totally different from that which he advertised on the site.
It helps. Find out what others are saying about a site or product. I'm sure you'd have made up your mind on what to do before you're done reading the reviews.

5 Common Mistakes Students Make in Their First Year

Here is a list of common mistakes most students make in their first year.

 1. Underestimating College: Students who perform excellently well in school tend to have developed a serious attitude towards academic work right from their first year. It is really difficult trying to adjust after a whole session. If you can successfully develop the right attitude towards learning from the inception of the semester, you're sure to do better and become better by the day.

2. Over or under socializing: For many students, going to the university or college as is suitable for your locale is a break from the bars of home. This makes many of them go to the extreme in mixing up quickly. Of course you might have taken notice of some of your students who attend all social events. As a really first opportunity for many to live life on their own terms, the result is usually late bed calls, little or no sleep, hanging out late with friends, e.t.c
 Also, under socializing is bad. You need to socialize WHERE AND WHEN NECESSARY. Avoid being disconnected from happenings around you. You just need to find the right balance.

 3. Not asking for assistance: It is normal for most students to be reserved at resumption, but it is wrong to remain inside your shell all through the session. If you have a problem with both academics and extra curricular activities, don't hesitate to ask someone. You shouldn't also make assumptions. Assumption is the lowest level of knowledge. Most of the errors committed by students is as a result of this. Nobody is an island of knowledge. You definitely have something to learn from others.

 4. Reckless Spending: It is assumed by your parents that you should be able to take care of yourself and manage your finances. At first year, every student is feeling big, so the temptation is there to try out every new snack, clothes, mobile phones, eateries, fun parks and so on to prove to the world that you're really cool. It is a pity that most students do not learn the art of savings till their second or third year.

5. Forgetting those at home: If you left your friends back at home to go to the university, never forget them. Its a common error to find people making new friends at the expense of old reliable ones. Always keep a close conversation with friends who left for other schools. Your old friends are usually the best.

I learnt all these after a whole academic session in the University of Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria, and I advise you share this piece. It will be definitely useful for someone else.