Stay Away From Online Scams And Other Security Threats
The Internet has probably the best thing which has happened to us in the past 2-3 decades. It helps us shop, bank, study, learn new things, make travel arrangements, and carry out other such activities with just a few clicks. But the same internet has also brought with it a few negatives as well: virtual crimes and the online scammer behind them top this list. Now, let's take a look at some of the popular online scams and security measures you need to take to prevent them.
- Phishing Scams : These are basically emails with enticing messages that lure the readers to a fraudulent website normally disguised to look like a legitimate e-Commerce or banking website with the ulterior motive of snatching away the victim's sensitive information like their account information, credit card details, social security numbers etc., Once these details are obtained, the bad actors will either sell them in the dark world or use them to their advantage.
- Nigerian 419 Scams: Probably the oldest online scam which is still around and has conned many gullible online users. It's basically an online scam – which was once delivered via fax machines, now having switched over to emails – where the bad actor requests the victim for his or her bank account information so that they can transfer huge sums of money (obviously fake news) out of the country which has become difficult to access because of government restrictions or taxes or some other reason.
The mystery behind the name 'Nigerian 419' is the fact that Nigeria witnessed the first wave of these scams and '419' represents the criminal code of the country which identifies such a crime.
- Greeting Card Scams: Very simple yet effective. These are a type of phishing scams which arrive in your inbox as a greeting card supposedly sent by a friend or a family member, containing links which direct the victim to a booby-trapped web page that downloads Trojans and other such malicious software onto the victim's machine.
- Lottery Winning Scams: Another type of phishing scam which claims you have won the lottery and large sums of money is waiting for you and all you have to do is provide your account details. And if you do, loads of money would disappear from your account instead of additional ones appearing in it! Another one of the oldest scams.
- Scareware Scams: A recently developed and pretty effective online scam wherein the victim is scared into downloading a malicious software which is disguised as a legitimate one. For example, a message appearing in your inbox stating your PC has been infected and that you should be downloading the software being offered for free to protect your PC. Sounds too good to be true, isn't it? That's because it's not.
Don't Be The Gullible Internet User! Exercise Caution
Take all necessary security measures expected out of a prudent internet user and you can stay clear of these online scams. Because at the end of the day, these scams rely on your reaction. And if you react the right way, there won't be any issue at all! Therefore ensure you take the following simple but effective security measures: i) use strong passwords ii) think before you click anything iii) employ stringent privacy settings and above all, iv) use antivirus software for PC protection.
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