Knowing who to trust or whether a website is trustworthy is one key in avoiding online scams. In reputation management and job searching, authenticity is the key in how you present yourself and your skills. You must be trustworthy.
Career Sherpa’s POV
There are a lot of factors that impact someone’s ability to trust you. Trust is essentially based on what you say, what other’s say about you and your actions. You can influence all three, but two are directly within your control.
Your online presence should be an accurate reflection of who you are and what you have done and can do. Falsely representing yourself will only come back to bite you. Be sure all your social profiles are truthful.
Your actions online and off are equally important and influence your reputation. Be aware of what you say on online discussions and forums. Whenever possible, look for opportunities to help others by sharing relevant resources or offering your advice. This give-to-get philosophy works well to build a positive reputation and attract attention.
Your actions should never be overly self-promotional, spammy, needy, or viewed by others to be insincere.
Security Guru’s POV
The internet is rife with scammers. Especially common are work-at-home schemes, Nigerian 419 schemes, and phishing. The FBI has provided information on common scams.
Did you know that every time that there’s a natural disaster, that scammers set up fake charity sites in the hope of leveraging people’s desire to help for their own financial gain?