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It is hard for an average consumer to not notice tons of advertisements flashing free stuff in their face all over the internet. However, sometimes the devil is in the details. There have been some cases where such free giveaways have turned out to be too good to be true. Signing up for these freebies can be a seriously frustrating experience if you are not prepared.
There are many consumers like you who do not take the advantage of hundreds of free product samples being given away car by companies due to the scary stories they have read about harrowing experiences of others.
It is true that there are quite a few illegitimate offers on the internet that advertise free stuff. But a big majority of these offers are legitimate and you need to do a little preparation to take advantage of these offers. It is important to keep in mind that most of the free offers have some strings attached. Sometimes, you may need to fill up a survey or participate in some other offers to get free stuff.
However, such things should not discourage you from getting freebies. Here are a few tips to help you prepare and protect yourself when getting stuff for free.
First of all, you need to have a separate e-mail address that will be used for these free offers. You can easily open a new e-mail for free on many of the free e-mail services on the web. Once you sign up, you are likely to get tens of e-mails on a daily basis from companies offering such free giveaways.
It is not necessary for you to check this e-mail on a daily basis. You can just check it once every week and read more about the offers you may be interested in.
Some of the legitimate offers may also require you to give credit card information. Be careful not to give away your main credit card information. You can easily buy a prepaid credit card and use that card for these free offers. This will help you in keeping your credit card info safe.
Also, there may be offers where you may be asked to provide your mobile number. It is recommended to get a separate prepaid phone and use that number for the offers. These prepaid phones are cheaply available everywhere and you can keep it switched off after signing up for the offers.
It is important to keep a detailed account of the offers you have signed up for. It will help you in separating legit companies from scammers. It is also important to complete all of the requirements of an offer to get the free stuff. Always read the fine print before signing up.
These are some of the tips you need to keep in mind to take real advantage of these free offers. It is possible to save significant amount of money by getting free products.