Online scams are becoming more believable and sophisticated every day. There are phishing schemes, fake tickets, and so many more scams that people fall victim to all the time. Below, we’re going to go into more detail on how people are being scammed online in 2019:
Phishing is one of the most common scams. Phishing usually involves an email that looks like it came from a legitimate business so that people feel convinced enough to give away their passwords and other sensitive information.
Most people who have an email address have probably received an email at one time or another from Nigerian Royalty (usually a prince). These people say they have a lot of money and want to share it with you. If that isn’t cause for concern straight away, it should be! Similar scams not involving a Nigerian prince have circulated too, sometimes they come from ‘government officials’ and other important sounding people. The theme remains the same: millions of pounds are just sat in a bank account somewhere with your name on them.
Thanks to social media, celebrity impersonators are rife. Many people have been messaged by these impersonators and actually believed they were speaking to the real deal. Usually, this involves a fake celebrity trying to get a fan to click on a link by telling them they have won a competition, or something similar. Some people may even fall for a simple scam, such as a fake celebrity asking for photographs.
Ransomware attacks involve hackers installing malware onto a computer or system of computers, and in turn this restricts the victim’s access to their files. They are ordered to pay in bitcoin to undo the damage that has been done.
Cam Hacking Claims
For this one, the perpetrators don’t tend to have any footage of you at all, but they tell you they have some pretty compromising footage and will send it to your loved ones and entire contact list unless you pay up. They may make this seem convincing by including some sort of password in the email, but this is something they have purchased from hacked databases, and again, does not mean they have anything.
Fake Sex Toys
Something that’s becoming more prominent on the internet is fake sex toys. People are becoming more sex positive, and as a result, they are finding new ways to spice up their love lives. However, buying cheaper toys from Amazon and similar sites can be dangerous. The materials may not be body safe, aren’t usually clean, and tend to deteriorate quicker.
Investment schemes make you believe that by just investing a small amount of money, you can make a decent wedge back. While investments can help you to do this, investing in the wrong schemes will mean having your money taken with nothing in return.
Staying safe online is absolutely imperative. Use strong passwords, don’t give away sensitive information, and always keep your protection software up to date.