Computer Science

Watch out for these online scams

Watch out for these online scams

In today’s era where almost everything has become computerized, and everything is now online including banking most people find themselves falling into the traps of online scammers and end up losing a fortune. Most people fall into these traps unknowingly and some prior knowledge on these scams could save them and save their fortunes. Watch out for these online scams and stay safe in the internet!

Phishing scam– Scammers will send you an email. The email will bear details of a familiar organization such as your bank or your school. The scammers direct you to a certain site. Remember the email seems to have come from a legitimate organization, so you will not have any doubt. You are asked to verify your personal details. They will ask you to confirm your emails and passwords. The scammers then steal your personal information exposing your computer and data to a risk of virus attack.

Disaster management scams– When disaster strikes, thieves and online scammers see an opportunity. They know that, well wishers and relief organizations will be seeking to help the affected victims. They pretend to be from a relief organization and asks you to offer financial help. Not knowing, you find yourself giving out your credit card details to the scammers, thinking that you are helping the victims.

lTravel scams- Scammers have taken their scamming tricks to social media. They will post attractive pictures on sites such as Pinterest, claiming to be a travelling agency offering free plane trips. When you click on the image, you will be asked to complete a survey or a form. You will be required to fill in your personal information such as email and passwords. This will expose you to malicious software which can be used to destroy or kill your computer.

Using social platform and the internet is a good thing, however, you should be aware of the risks that you are in and make sure you know the authenticity of any link or site you come across.

 

For more information on current scams you can visit the FTC’s website’s consumer section click here