Scams nowadays are everywhere. The nature of attacks can vary, but the ultimate goal of all scammers is to take your money. Because technology is becoming more and more advanced, the nature of today’s scams is a lot more sophisticated than it was before, which makes it a lot harder to spot them. Scams are only as limited as the scammer’s imagination. However, the most common ones include:
The Microsoft Support Pop-up Scam
This malware appears to look like Google Chrome and it notifies you that “Your Computer Has Been Blocked.” When you call the support number listed, the scammers at the end of the line will convince you to allow them to control your computer remotely. It goes without saying that you should not.
The Prize Win Scam
These can appear as pop-ups on your browser or they can arrive as emails or SMS. Such scams are designed to steal your personal information for fraud. They are also used to place phishing software on your device so that scammers can access your credit card and banking details.
Fake Wi-Fi Hot Spots
This scam is popular in restaurants and coffee shops. When you log into an unsecured hot spot, you expose yourself to scammers that want to mine your computer for passwords as well as banking information.
Fake Charity Pleas
These scams come in the form of an email characterized by images of a disaster (such as hurricanes) or malnourished children that need help. The charity plea typically used is “Please give what you can today,” followed by a cash request. This scam is intended to harvest your banking details, so avoid it whenever possible.
The Travel Scam
Most travel scams reel you in by offering ridiculous deals to amazing locations or cheap airline tickets. They may appear legitimate, but most travel scams have extra costs hidden in the fine print, which might cause you to spend more than you needed to. These travel scams are popular during peak vacation periods such as summer or right before the holidays.
To Avoid Being Scammed
- Keep your personal information and banking details to yourself. Protect your passwords and do not use your email on public computers.
- Update your privacy settings on all your social media accounts to restrict hackers and scammers.
- The general rule of thumb is, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Think twice and carry out your research before you fall for any travel scams.
- Never respond to emails asking for your personal details. When in doubt, simply place a call directly to the company.