Online scams are inevitably, but that’s if you think so. In as much as these crooks try to steal from victims, you can stand out of their way. How? first by knowing how they operate…
Internet fraud is a type of cyber-crime fraud or deception which makes use of the Internet and could involve hiding of information or providing incorrect information for the purpose of tricking victims out of money, property, and inheritance. Online fraud appears in many forms. It ranges from email spam to online scams.
Here are some common ruses used to trick people via their computers or electronic devices.
Fake job offers
Scammers trick jobseekers with offers of employment as mystery shoppers tasked with assessing bank transfer services. The catch? Victims have to test transfers from their own bank accounts.
Thieves use spyware and viruses to steal your personal and financial information, passwords, etc. so they can copy your digital profile and do whatever they want with it.
Fraudsters create perfect copies of websites belonging to real financial institutions or big businesses. A few clicks of the mouse is all it takes to gather your personal information and bank details.
“Too good to be true” should be the tagline for some dating sites. Fraudsters create unbelievably attractive profiles, then elicit personal data through the virtual relationships they establish with their victims.
Hacked Facebook profile
Disaster! An anonymous fraudster with access to your friends, family members, and photos can do a whole lot of damage!
A free trial for the small price of delivery may seem like an offer that’s too good to miss, but clicking on the link will sign you up for a fake service that will bill you every month and may be very difficult to cancel.
Similar to the IT support scam, a fraudster posing as an employee from your bank offers online assistance to simplify your transactions. Your real bank would NEVER do this.
Scammers use dating websites and social media to win your trust. They then set up a meeting, but just need you to transfer a bit of money to be able to get to the date.
These cyber-criminals target job seekers. Posing as an employer, they send a fake cheque to their victim requesting that, once the cheque has been deposited, they transfer a small portion of the sum back to the company as a contribution to an employee fund.
Tricksters pose as a grandchild in urgent need of money, begging the victim not to tell their parents. Grandparents that have little contact with their grandchildren may fall easily into this trap.