Scammers are getting more clever and you need to protect yourself
We are noticing more and more online scams websites all over the internet globally as people are becoming victims left to right. They use whatever methods that can now, including advertising in social websites as well as other websites and search engines. The scammers are getting more and more clever and we are all becoming potential victims and pray.
The reason why you should be concerned is at foremost the possibility of getting your personal information stolen. Even if you do not use your financial information such as credit cards and personal data outside of your basic information such as emails and names should make you concerned. Once the scammers get a hold of your email and your name, they can potentially connect to all of your connected contact lists and thus provides the scammers more opportunity.
They all do it for one sole purpose and that is to gain financially in a very illegal way. It is estimated that about 30,000 websites get hacked daily and everyone is prone to these types of attacks. Even our government websites get hacked for information. Beyond just hacking, cyber criminals are using various methods that seem realistic and trusworthy to you but by the end of the day, you become a victim to the millions of scams online.
Here are some list of online scams that we noticed in 2015
#1. Advertising in Social Websites and trusted websites with authentic looking ads to make you click to join a particular website so that they gather information such as
names, email, addresses and so on. We all think this is normal and we tend to proceed to join is the offer is good. We all know that if the offer is too good to be true, it more than likely is. But as the curiosity in all of us drives your anxiety just to see what it is all about, we try it and visit as well as registering on the website.
Not all websites are scams and there are many legit sites out there but it is our own responsibility to ensure we keep our information as secure as possible. Many of these scams are located in another country so that it makes it more difficult to catch these con artists. They offer tremendous deals such as famous brand products for $100 when originals costs $700 plus. We also noticed many of these fake websites were located in China and India with fake addresses and contact information. They eventually do get caught and become de-listed in major search engines but by this time, they are long gone creating another scam website with the money they took from you.
#2. Strangers asking to connect with you as a friend in social websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and the likes. The best rule of thumb here is to deny the
request and move on. Even if they are trying to connect from another friend of yours. If you really want to connect to them, ask your friends if they personally know them and make the right judgement. They will connect with your other friends and start farming information for however long it takes. They just want more opportunities to scam you and your friends.
#3. Social pages asking you to like their page and you will have a chance to win something too good to be true. Yes, if it is too good to be true, it's more than likely a scam. Some of your friends may have shared these types of endorsements to you and most people generally like them because a friend has shared it. One good one many business professionals even fell for was a automotive brand page that resembled the authentic official page even with the names and pictures. It provided a chance to win a car that was valued at more than $100K and it was not just one but three. With more than a million likes, they rank their associated website higher in organic search results while having the easy access of members information. Don't fall victim to this type of scam.
#4. Online website ecommerce stores offering deals like no other. When you find tremendous deals on popular brands and products listed in a good looking online store, you need to be very careful to not fall victim to these types of scams. We found scam online shopping websites that claimed to sell authentic famous brands such as NIKE, iPhones, Samsung, Luxury brands and so on with prices so low that it just makes some of your to buy it immediately and to find out a few days later that you became a victim to a scam.
Do your homework and avoid getting scammed. Even if the online shopping website looks very professional and appealing, doing some slight research before you go entering your personal information decreases the chances of getting scammed. We will post tips on how to protect yourself from online shopping website scams on our next blog story.
#5. Using official business phone numbers through (VOIP) applications and programs claiming to be Microsoft, IRS, FBI, Banks and more to scam you. With so many applications and softwares available today, this type of scam is very scary because you will believe that the caller is an official employee of the company that has contacted you. This scam uses VOIP softwares and applications which can actually manipulate a specific phone number to tricking you to steal your money. To avoid these types of scams, you must always verify the callers name and employee id and tell them that you will call them back. If they keep on insisting that you do not need to or they tell you that he or she will call you back, then simply tell them no and call them back with their information. Never ever provide them details about you other than your name if required. If they insist that they need to verify your personal information, tell them NO. Afterall, they called you.
Always question yourself about the offers and features to protect yourself from becoming a victim to online scams. Our next blog story will feature protecting yourself shopping online.