Online scams! Lets face it we have all been caught or nearly caught before. I can happen to the best of us. With the increase of technology and more people using the Internet on a daily basis, it is becoming more common to see online scams. Online scams can range from emails to web browser pop ups and much more in depth scams.
First of all it it sounds to good to be true THEN IT PROBABLY IS! if you are offered 1 million dollars by email because some chose you , then it probably isn’t true.
So what do they gain?
Scammers are real people ..well most of the time. They attempt to gather information about you , personal information and use it for there own benefit. Commonly they will ask for your bank details to send you some inheritance, then they will proceed to gather more data from you .
The Automatic ones are put there to simply install key logger software or spyware on your computer to do the personal information sniffing for them. YOU CANNOT BE SURE OF THEIR MOTIVES.
Another email scam is “Facebook copy” these email scams are known as phishing attacks. These emails look like they came from Facebook or some other site, when you read the email it will usually say accept invite or your friend has added you or sometimes even do you know such and such. Some of these emails have links, if you look at the link sometimes it will say “Facebook or Amazon” or etc. If you are good with research you can right click on the link/hyperlink in the email copy the link and paste it into a text editor and you can tell if the site is real or not. Most real emails that are sent out should end with the @ sign then followed by the website domain name, for example emails from a legitimate source will always end with the domain name, same for Facebook and Amazon and many others.
Another common online scam is web browser pop ups, these kind of pop ups are hard to get rid off, but not impossible. Most of these scams will act like a normal browser pop up/website pop up, but the big difference is these pop ups can’t be closed by clicking on the X in the top right hand corner or doing Alt + F4 on your keyboard. Most of these scams can only be closed by doing Ctrl + Alt + Delete going into your task manager finding the program that is causing the pop up so your web browser and closing it/end task. Usually these scams will say something like “your computer is infected with malware, spyware and etc” one or more of these keywords. Than the pop up will usually also have a phone number that they recommend you call for help. Whatever you do; do not call the number provided on the pop up, just stop what you are doing; try and close the web browser and then call your local computer technician to help you.
So how do you avoid being scammed?
TRUST NO ONE! not even your friends , Often our contacts can send spammy emails out after being hacked and you can inadvertently be opening a a whole world of trouble.
If your just one second you stop and say ..”hang on” then you can assume its a scam. here a few pointers to look out for . Lets use Paypal for example
1. Fake sender email ie email@example.com FAKE! pay pals real email is firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
2. Suspicious subject line or content eg, Your account as been limited!
3. Bad Grammar- ie, please log in account
4. hovering over a link reveals a suspicious URL
Every day phishing scammers are getting better and better and recreating a clone of legitimate website email. One way to Ensure your are safe is NEVER click email links! If it ask to click here to fill out account or log in ect .
Simply leave the email and log in normally using your internet browser! If the email is true then you will soon find out!
In other emails received from friends notice how they finish the email , is it normal?
Staying safe online doesn’t have to be difficult , and definitely not something you need to be scared off. Just trust YOURSELF!
And that’s it.
If in doubt check it out , We have a great resource now in google where you can simply copy the email you receive and see if its a scam. It also offers the ability to check if those Facebook posts you are receiving are also a scam or hoax.
Here at Geek Chick Websites, we believe staying safe online starts with trusting your gut , if in doubt delete it! If its important they will get in touch another way.
If you need any assistance or feel you might have malware or spyware causing your PC problems , please get in touch with Mel