5 Signs You Are About to be Scammed
Smart people are scammed every day because they think it canít happen to them or they just arenít aware of the scams. And the scammers have gotten very good at disguising their scams, so itís often ha...
Smart people are scammed every day because they think it canít happen to them or they just arenít aware of the scams. And the scammers have gotten very good at disguising their scams, so itís often hard to recognize them.
Scamming generally involves a form of social engineering. Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It relies on human interactions, such as trying to gain confidence of someone through trickery or deception for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or device access. This can take many forms, both online and offline.
Smart criminal hackers use social engineering as a very effective tool and as a part of their strategy when gathering information to piece together the parts of their scams. In my opinion, itís just a fancier, more technical form of lying.
Social engineering has always been a ďperson-to-personĒ confidence crime. Once the scammer gains your trust, they use this information against you in the hopes of gaining access to your finances.
Be confident in your ability to outsmart the bad guys. Hereís five things you should know:
Donít click links in emails, text messages, chat.†Any link, whether shortened or not, can point to somewhere it shouldnít. If you need to click on the link, make sure you have security software installed that will block you from automatically being directed to a malicious site.
Be wary of multiple recipients and who the email is from.†If the email is going to you and a dozen other people, or itís from your bank but the from email address is: email@example.com, then you should be suspicious.
Note generic/spammy/nonexistent subject lines.†Look in your spam folders. There are some pretty ridiculous subject lines, right? If something like that shows up in your inbox, delete it.
Urgency or ridiculous requests. There is no hurry; you didnít win anything and your uncle from Latvia didnít leave you any money. Just delete Ďem.
Robert Siciliano is an†Online Security†Expert to†McAfee. He is the author of†99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile was Hacked!† (Disclosures)
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