From dating to email scams, the internet seems to have it all. Every time we log on to the world wide web, we have to be mindful about where we give our information or where we input our personal data like bank or credit card numbers. Even the smartest people can still fall for carefully crafted internet scams.
Clever Internet Scams Designed To Gather Your Information
When it comes to your safety on the internet, you can never be too careful. There are plenty of hackers these days that are very careful with the way they craft their traps online. Here are a few of them that you should be aware of:
1. Fake Social Network Emails
Yes, hackers and scammers are becoming craftier by the year. A fake social network email will really seem like the real thing. It’s going to have the same logo as the legitimate social network you’re signed up on. What the email will say is that you have to click on the link to change your password because someone has attempted to go into your account. Never click on any links.
2. Click On The Attachment
This is a scam email that will prompt you to click on an attachment. For example, the email could say that your bank statement is ready so all you have to do to view it is click on the attachment. Usually, the attachment is a program that will download into your computer and then gather information from within.
3. Is This You?
There are messages which will usually say something like, “Oh my goodness! I saw this video online. Is this really you? I can’t believe you would do something like this!” Naturally, you’re going to click on the link to view the potentially compromising video. What you don’t know is that it’s merely a link that will allow the hacker to get into your computer.
The next time you receive a suspicious message or email, never click on the link right away. It could be a scam or a way to take hold of your computer. It’s always best to be skeptical about any message or email that’s telling you to click on a link or change your information. Protect yourself as you surf the internet. For more safety tips, read other posts on the blog.