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Internet scams: Be safe this festive season

The Internet truly is magic. A trustworthy global platform for everyone to meet and greet but not always for good is it? Be it fake lottery claims, fake emails, dating, romance fraud, disaster funds, and almost many other platforms. Such traps quickly manipulate and pull one’s interest in investing in such ads. The Internet can be a global platform for many many things but also an opportunity for equal online criminals and victims. We all can agree that we’ve come across many hideous scams with their cheesy advertisement design and loud titles. 

“Want to make million dollars within five minutes?” 

Trust me, you dont.

Or at least not by clicking on the poster that promises a million advantages within five minutes.

Types of Internet scams:

Scamming is easy and available in every form. Persuading different people with different seek of interests is all it takes. Online Scams have evolved and will continue to haunt the corners of the internet for a long time. There might be multiple platforms that you might not know but lists of scams piling up. Targeters attack users through sensitive and personal tactics such as urgency, money, bills, product purchases, flirtatious and romantic scams, catfishing with big brands, shopping scams, phishing, and many more.

The intention of such scams can verify by their types. Mostly these are engineered to attack their victims by intruding on one’s personal information. This can involve stealing passwords, money, and professional information (to target a larger number of victims), installation of malware, and others. 

Some common internet scams are:

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1. Email phishing- fake official websites, 

2. Win free gifts- fake gifts, coupons, items, luxury items.

3. Romance scams- scams through dating sites, chat rooms, and adult content.

4. Holiday ads: “Claimed” winners for foreign vacations, airline tickets, and other destinations.

5. Job ads: Job Offering high amounts of payments.

6. Pharming: Traffic and data were stolen from the original website 

How does a scam attack:

Now let’s get into the general scam attacks and how it works. With the wide area of scamming field, attackers attack through various techniques. While classy, phishing scams create an almost similar URL that confuses people. This could look similar to any original site and fool users with money claims, identity theft, and a few tricks.  

Similarly, scams usually catch the attention of the victim through offers, money, romance, upgrades, and errors. This could lead to clicking and visiting the scam where users are asked to provide their identity, confidential passwords, and banking details. Once users provide their confidential info, scammers immediately get into action.

You might be wondering what happens next. If the scammer has your banking information through any trick, well RIP your money. From stealing all your funds, gaining access to other confidential information, creating fake accounts, doing more illegal work under your name, accessing social media, blackmailing, cyberbullying, and other cyber crimes using personal information. 

Be careful:

Now that we have a general idea of how the scam works, it’s time to be alert and more careful. Here are a few tips:

  1. Do not check random websites and ads with dramatic claims, even a simple click can give the scammers access to your device.
  1. Never ever!! Never ever give any details on your bank and personal information to anyone you dont know. Always confirm, make phone calls, and research the organization before entrusting them with any confidential matter.
  1. Do not click random pop-ups, danger signs, malware, or virus claims, unless your smartphone and software itself report them, make sure to avoid such out-of-blue content.
  1. Always install strong passwords, protected connections, wifi, and antivirus software, and avoid public connections. Also, hand your device to a trustworthy individual.
  1. TAKE ACTION!! Always confront officials or approach them for help and further queries to learn about any attack that you will possibly fall into. One can report, block, lock and protect your account (social media, bank, and personal platforms)

So these were the few introductions to general online scamming, since the festive season is just around the corner, many scammers take advantage of the occasion. Free gifts, free money, free this, free that can free you from your wealth and privacy. System maintenance claims might funnily damage your system. See anything shady? Immediately a no-no. Not only now, but take care of your online security as well as your privacy. Scamming is pretty common, but many victims are continuing to suffer through these crimes. There might be multiple attacks approaching everywhere on the internet, just be extra careful. 

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