How to avoid online scams?
By e-mail, on internet auctions or on text messages - crooks reach for more and more clever methods, feeding on our ignorance and naivety. How to protect yourself against Internet crimes and what to do if we let them fool you? We Advise. According to surveys, more than 80% of such cyber attacks reach their intended effect each day. The goal is not only companies, clients of banks or financial institutions but also users of social networks participating in online auctions.
An online phishing scam is phising, aimed at extorting confidential data from users. The most popular method is e-mail fraud in which we receive a message sent by the bank, telephone operator or social network administrator. The content of the e-mail contains a link to a fake website in which you are asked to enter your login and password. If we introduce this data, the scammers have not only our money but also personal data ...
Fraudsters also want to pick us up by phone, asking for contact at the number provided or provide our data: logins, passwords. By returning to the number or writing down, we can lose money and our personal data. The same applies to online auctions - the user of the online store gets a message about the alleged deactivation of the account. To activate them again, he must click on the link, after going through the site to the illusion reminiscent of the real website. By entering your details, we give the cheaters access to your account.
Also, be careful when pasting the account number during the transfer order, check if it is correct. It may happen that during the transaction, the account number copied by us can be converted by a virus into another one. Thus, we transfer money to the wrong account.
How to protect yourself from the above-mentioned? The rules are simple:
Do not send by e-mail, do not give your data by phone: login, password, etc. Banks, financial institutions, social network administrators never ask their clients / users for verification of data in such a way.
Check the url. Secure connections are always encrypted. Secure your computer and phone with anti-virus programs / applications.
In case of any doubts, contact directly the bank's outlet / bank's helpline.