Phishing scams can take many forms. Phishing scams can be used online in a variety of ways, including pop-up ads and fake email addresses like with email phishing scams. They may also use phone calls. To force victims to fall for the lure, those behind these scams often use fear tactics.
Phishing scams are an online game of con men. The scammers, also known as phishing, are both tech-savvy identity thieves and con artists. To trick people into giving sensitive information, they use spam, instant messaging, and email messages. Phishers are interested in banking information, usernames, credit card accounts, and banking information.
Here are 5 common Phishing Scams You Should Avoid
Email phishing scams can appear to come from trusted sources. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between genuine and fraudulent messages. You also need to recognize signs that a message may be a scam. Below is a list of five types of phishing scams, and how to avoid them.
Email Phishing Scams
Phishing emails are scams that pretend to be from a company or individual that the victim knows. It attempts to illegally collect personal and/or financial information from the recipient.
A phishing message usually contains at least one link to a fake website. This is intended to imitate the website of a legitimate company. The message asks for information that could be used to commit identity fraud or online financial theft.
Avoid email phishing scams
- Do not download attachments from unknown email addresses or click on links.
- Always be alert and pay attention.
- Double-check the URL to make sure it is correct.
- Scams that rip off the vulnerable
Voice or VOIP Phishing is similar to email phishing, but involves voice instead. This is a scam that involves a caller being tricked or scared into divulging personal or financial information to scammers.
Avoid vishing scams
Do not give out any personal or confidential information by phone.
Do not call the number provided by the caller. Instead, look at the website of the company to verify that it is legitimate.
Be aware of misspellings and other red flags
Tech Support Cold Scams
Scammers will call their victims and pretend they are from a security company. They will tell you they found malware on your computer and then lie to you. They will try to offer a solution and ask you to let them install remote desktop software. The attacker will be able to gain access to your computer and install malware. They will not only try to install any software on your computer but also request a fee for repair services.
- Avoid tech support scams
- Find the phone number of the company the tech support agent claims to work for.
- Remote access to your computer is not allowed.
Popup Warning Scams
Popups appear when someone surfs the internet and sees a small advertisement or graphic. These popups usually appear in relation to the content you are currently viewing and link to another website that offers similar merchandise or content.
Malicious popups can be intrusive and make it difficult to close the ad. You might get a message stating that your computer has been infected by malware. They may also provide a number to help you remove the malware. In the hope that they can appear legitimate, cybercriminals make popups look like they came from a trusted source.
- Avoid popup scams
- Pay attention to the message.
- Do not click on the popup.
- Fake Search Results Scams
To make it appear legitimate and trustworthy, fraudulent companies often use paid search ads to advertise support services. These listings might appear at the top of a search result page. These listings appear real and promise support and deals. They use this trick to get people to agree to fix their computers. You will end up downloading malware to your computer, which can compromise your computer security, if you click on the advertisement.
- Avoid fake search results scams
- Pay attention to the URL.
- Use a secure search service.
What should you do if your identity has been stolen?
Here are some things to do if you suspect you’ve been victim of a scam involving phishing.
- Change your passwords for all accounts
- Run a complete system scan to check for viruses on your computer.
- Report to your bank that you have fallen for a phishing scheme.
- Reliable anti-virus software is recommended.
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