Search engines often try to trick you into thinking you have an “answer” to a query or offer to pay you for a search.
But these attempts can backfire, by making you more likely to buy items you don’t really want, or get an item for a price you’re not willing to pay.
But that doesn’t mean you should just give up.
If you’re still searching, there are ways you can get your questions answered and be more efficient.
Here’s a list of things you can do to stop your search engine from scamming you:1.
Know what you want to find.
Some search engines ask you to “type in” or “type a search” in order to help them rank you higher, or they may ask for a certain amount of information about you.
In other words, they may be trying to trick your brain into thinking there is something you can buy for a small fee.
These types of searches may seem harmless, but if they don’t work, they can lead to more problems.2.
Understand what you’re getting paid for.
Sometimes search engines are just using your query or search terms to try to get you to click through.
Sometimes they’ll offer a low-value item that you don ‘t really want or are not interested in.
And sometimes, they’ll ask you for information about the products you’re interested in, or a certain percentage of the price.
These kinds of offers are deceptive and will be hard to avoid.3.
Look for the right offer.
Search engines are smart, so you’ll be able to tell if an offer has been scamming or not.
Look out for the words “discount,” “sale,” or “offer” in your search terms.
If the offer seems legitimate, but you can’t see it on your browser, it may be a scam.4.
Know your rights.
If an offer appears to be genuine, but it looks too good to be true, check to see if it’s legal to do so.
It’s important to avoid making promises to buy an item, but instead to be honest and to be truthful.
If you or someone you know is being scammed, call 1800 333 000 or report it on the ACCC’s website.