Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Scams

Deception, fraud, swindle - or scam.  These types of behaviors have been around forever, but now there is a new vehicle - the internet.  And the purpose remains the same, and that is to steal something from you - money, your personal information, or your property.  

What can you do about it?  The adage, "if it looks too good to be true, it probably isn't" still applies.  If you have to ask yourself "can this be real?" then give it more thought and ignore it. 

Here are some common computer scams:

Phishing

Receive an e-mail from someone pretending to be your bank indicating you are overdrawn or made a purchase you really didn't make and asking you to log in and verify the information. However, the link in the e-mail actually points to a fake site that logs your username and password information.

Auction Fraud

Someone selling something on an online auction site, such as eBay, that appears to be something it really isn't. For example, someone may claim to be selling tickets for an upcoming concert that really are not official tickets.

Donation Scam

A person claiming they have or have a child or someone they know with an illness and need financial assistance. Although many of these claims can be real, there are also an alarming number of people who create fake accounts on donation sites in the hope of scamming people out of money.

Catfish

A person who creates a fake online profile with the intention of deceiving someone. For example, a woman could create a fake profile on an online dating website, create a relationship with one or more people and then create a fake scenario that asks others for money.

Cold Call Scam

Someone claiming to be from technical support from a computer company like Dell, saying they have received information that your computer is infected with a virus or has been hacked. They offer to remotely connect to your computer and fix the problem.

419

419 or the Nigeria scam gives the impression you can gain a large amount of money and only requires bank information to deposit the money into your account. In reality, the bank information is used against the person or the deposits are kept with no reward.

Online Survey Scams

Online survey scams are survey sites that say they offer money or gift vouchers to participants.

(Thanks to Computer Hope)