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How To Avoid Falling For Scams Online

Online Scams

Published on December 17th, 2020

Online scammers always try to be one step ahead of internet users. Online dating scams have become very common. A person who is genuine will not start asking for money, intimate photos, or to move your chat into a private channel too soon. Online relationships take time to develop and grow.

If you arrange to meet someone from the internet in real life, tell a friend where you’ll be to be safe. Background check information source UnMask can help with additional relevant information. While they are very common, these scams aren’t the only kind one can fall for easily. Others include lottery scams, beneficiary scams, charity scams, and repair scams.

You Won The Lottery Without Buying A Ticket

You might get an email notifying you that you’ve won a lottery with a huge payout. The problem? You not only didn’t buy a ticket, but you haven’t even heard of the lottery. It’s very easy to become the victim of identity fraud.

If the email was sent to many people from one single person and not a company, it’s probably a scam. Don’t provide any personal information as “verification” to withdraw your winnings, and don’t trust someone who claims they want nothing more than to give you a lot of money.

Unsolicited Job Offers

You get an unsolicited job offer for a lot more than what you’re currently making. You receive payment by money order or check in an amount that’s bigger than what the company offered, but you’re asked to send the difference back. Then, you find the original money order or check was forged, and you lose the “difference.”

Job seekers have to learn to tell legitimate offers apart from fake ones because unsolicited offers have become more common than ever with the rise of LinkedIn and other career networking platforms. Before you cash a check, make sure it’s authentic.

Banks will typically place a hold on the money until the money order or check clears. Scams generally tend to involve asking people to send a “difference” back.

The Unfortunate Computer Repair

This scam begins in real life and moves online. Someone claiming to work for a major software company calls you and tells you they can fix slow loading times, internet speeds, and other PC issues. You’re sent an email, open it, and download what looks like legitimate software, only it’s not.

When you install this malware, the criminals proceed to take control of your computer and access your personal information, data, and files. Unless you’re sure about who you’re talking to, don’t buy any repair services and don’t even accept repair advice you didn’t ask for.

Don’t allow anyone to access your computer remotely. Ask for identifying information if someone is claiming to be a repair expert calls. The criminal will probably give up once you’ve asked enough questions.

Fake Donation Sites

Many of us want to help out if there has been a public tragedy like a mass-scale natural disaster, and cybercriminals know this. They create fake donation accounts and sites and then craft a series of poignant emails to get the money that ultimately never reaches the victims.

As they play on empathy, these scams are wildly successful. Don’t throw yourself at a charity that looks appealing. Do research and check any donation site to assure yourself it really is committed to the problem it claims to solve.

If the site seems suspicious, don’t donate anything. Real charity organizations have solid websites with uploaded tax-exempt documentation and a convincing mission statement.