The Internet has become a tool that many unscrupulous people use to deceive, cheat and steal everyone who falls into their networks. A study by the National Institute of Cybersecurity, carried out with more than 3,000 Spanish households, shows that 48% of them suffered an attempted online fraud sometime in 2014. due to the frequency of these scams and how easy it is to fall for them, this article gives tips to easily detect these scams and some tricks to quickly dismantle any type of rumor that reaches email and WhatsApp.
Remember that scammers:
try to gain confidence by claiming to be from a known company or by pretending to be an acquaintance
will suggest their own verification procedures, like going to websites they have created or calling the numbers they provide for you
learn how to appeal to your emotions and push your buttons to get what you want
create a sense of urgency for you to make decisions without thinking.
1) Online shopping scams
One of the most popular online scams is online shopping scams. Due to the lack of some products, such as facial masks and hand sanitizers. In addition, cybercriminals often create fake websites disguising themselves as reputable sellers in order to sell expensive branded products at very low prices.
However, after ordering, you receive a fake product or nothing, and at worst, attackers can steal your money if you share your bank card details. You can also run into these scammers on social media.
Another way to trick users is to create fake auctions in which scammers have a specific product. After winning the auction, the buyer pays the assigned price, but never receives the product.
Attackers steal data using the popular Internet scam – fake website. ESET.
2) Stop to reflect
A first point is to pay attention to the context and stop to reflect on the message that has just been received, either on WhatsApp or by email. Does it make sense for a stranger to ask us for help in transferring millions from one bank account to another? How does that Russian girl know us, that she supposedly wants to be our friend? How can that amazing apartment be worth half the average price on the market? And this job offer is so good, does it not arouse suspicion? We should also not forget that banks never ask for their password by email.
3) You do not know what is the URL of the website you are looking for
It is important that you know that cybercriminals use Blackhat SEO strategies to place fake pages in the first results of search engines. These fake sites pose as legitimate services, in order to trick users into believing that they are on the official website. For this reason, it is important that, even relying on the results of search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo or other, we take into account that it may be a fake site that, in fact, appears well positioned (at least for a while) with the aim make new murdered.
SEO (search engine optimization) strategies are legitimate and used in marketing considering what search engines value most when it comes to offering the results of a search. But when a website is positioned through Blackhat SEO, we mean that it uses techniques to deceive search engines.
4) Fraud under the guise of “easy money”
The purpose of this type of fraud is to transfer money from illegal activities, avoiding any type of tracking. To do this, scammers use different ways to attract users, offering favorable conditions for working from home or building relationships through online dating services. After the attackers have earned the user’s trust, they send money or a check and ask the victim to forward it to someone else. Keep in mind that transferring funds obtained in a criminal manner can cause problems with the law.
To avoid falling victim to this type of online scam, avoid telecommuting offers that involve sending money to customers or contractors. Also, be careful with online dating services, which are often used by scammers to convince credulous users to send money somewhere on your behalf. These scams are becoming more common – in most of them, users, blinded by love, lose their savings and, in some cases, face legal charges.
5) Writing and spelling
Another important point is the style of spelling and writing. Fraudulent and fraudulent messages tend to be poorly worded, usually with misspellings and, in most cases, with little or no grammatical correspondence. Logically, if a real bank or a large Internet company sends an email to its users, it will be much more written than the messages that accompany the best online scams.
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