Tips to Avoid Online Scams - Never reveal your personal information
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Phishing attacks are quite popular nowadays as hackers do everything they can to pry personal information from the grips of consumers online. While email has been used for phishing in the past, hackers have now decided to use text messages via cell phones as another avenue to steal personal information. A slight variation on phishing, called smishing, is becoming popular as well.
Smishing, named such because of its use of SMS as a basis for transmittal, is when a scammer sends a text message to a person. The text message claims to be sent from the person's bank or another business they have dealt with in the past. In an attempt to extract personal information, the text will say that a transaction must be confirmed or something similar. To confirm, the person is asked to send personal information, such as their bank account numbers, log-in data, and more.
If you receive such a message, do not respond to it directly. Never send sensitive information via text or email. Instead, contact the bank or business in question through their direct phone number and reference the message you have received when speaking to a representative. This is the best way to find out if the message is legitimate. The likelihood of the message being legitimate is very low, however.
Use Facebook carefully
Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with others, but the popular social network is also becoming a breeding ground of choice for hackers. Hackers know that Facebook is popular. They also know that many of its members may be trustful of messages and links contained on friends' walls and pages. They use this knowledge to create scams on the social network with the hopes of transmitting malware and/or stealing your personal data.
Many of the recent Facebook scams involve faulty links that lead to sites that spread malware. The links may entice users to click on them by promising racy videos, unbelievable promotions, and more. Hackers also use compromised accounts to spread such malware, as they know that some users will trust and click on links from friends regardless of the subject matter.
To protect yourself from Facebook scams, do not click on suspicious links. Also, beware of apps that claim to have certain functions. For instance, many Facebook scams originate in apps claiming to show you who has viewed your profile. Not only is this function non-existent, but engaging such fraudulent apps will result in malware or your account being compromised.
While this discussion on online scams does not represent all the threats that currently exist, it does show some examples of what you must keep your eyes open for. Make sure to practice the tips listed to protect yourself and your belongings from hackers and other cybercriminals.
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